Parasitic GI Infection

A 19-year-old college sophomore presents complaining of frequent diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and weight loss for 2 weeks. Upon further questioning, you learn that 6 weeks ago, he returned from an overseas summer trip to Africa. You suspect he has a parasitic GI infection.

a. If he asked you how it is possible he could have gotten such an infection weeks ago but not had symptoms until recently, how would you respond?

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b. What other illnesses might you consider that may be responsible for his symptoms?


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