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Amoebiasis is a major health prob­lem. In Egypt an incidence of 8.9-31% was reported In Dakahlia Governo-rate, Sheir et al. (1979) found that the incidence of amaebiasis was 62.5%. Patients with invasive amaebiasis suf­fer from intestinal ulceration with hea-matophagues trophozoites in their stools (Rees, 1986). Sera of patients with invasive amaebiasis or harbouring pathogenic strains of E. histolytica contain specific anti-amoebic antibodies, while those harbouring non pathogenic strains are usually serologicaliy negative (Healy, 1971; Nilson et al., 1980 and Jackson, 1985). It has been reported that the indi­rect haemagglutination (IHA) lest is considered as the most sensitive test to detect anti-amoebic antibodi es (Healy et al., 1971; Oilman et al., 1976 and Bonilia et a!., 1982). The aim of the present work is to study the prevalence of invasive amoebiasis among the different popu­lation groups in Dakahlia Governorate using the cellulose acetate precipitin (CAP) test and comparing its efficien­cy with the IHA test.

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