Date of this Version

2016

Document Type

Article

Citation

Parasites & Vectors (2016) 9: 33.

doi: 10.1186/s13071-016-1322-y

Comments

Copyright 2016, the authors. Open access material.

License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0)

Abstract

Background: The Molavi street archeological site south of Tehran, Iran accidentally provided a unique opportunity for paleoparasitological studies in Iran. A female skeleton was unearthed and evaluated to be 7,000 years old. Soil samples were collected around the pelvic and sacrum bones.

Findings: Careful microscopic investigation of rehydrated soil samples revealed the presence of one Enterobius vermicularis egg attached to the skeleton sacral region.

Conclusion: The present finding likely represents the oldest evidence of a human pinworm infection in Asia.

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