It was previously reported that paleoparasitological clues for parasites infecting humans could be found in the feces of mummies of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) in the Republic of Korea. Here, we report the presence of trematode eggs, including Clonorchis sinensis, Metagonimus yokogawai, and Gymnophalloides seoi (a human parasite known in Korea since 1993) in the feces of a recently excavated female mummy in Hadong, Republic of Korea. This is the first report of the discovery of a G. seoi infection in a human mummy. Since Hadong is currently not an endemic area for G. seoi, we speculate that the parasite might have occurred frequently along coastal areas of the Korean peninsula several hundred years ago and that the endemic areas contracted to, more or less, restricted regions since that time.
Gymnophalloides seoi Eggs from the Stool of a 17th Century Female Mummy Found in Hadong, Republic of Korea
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Min Seo, Dong Hoon Shin, Sang-Mee Guk, Chang Seok Oh, Eun-Joo Lee, Myung Ho Shin, Myeung Ju Kim, Soong Deok Lee, Yi-Suk Kim, Yang Su Yi, Mark Spigelman, Jong-Yil Chai; Gymnophalloides seoi Eggs from the Stool of a 17th Century Female Mummy Found in Hadong, Republic of Korea. J Parasitol 1 April 2008; 94 (2): 467–472. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1365.1
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