Affiliations 

  • 1 School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, 14 Nanyang Drive, 637332 Singapore
  • 2 Department of Archaeology, Boston University, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
  • 3 Institute of Archaeology, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, University Road, Tainan City, 70101, Taiwan
  • 4 Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, The Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH, UK
Korean J. Parasitol., 2019 Dec;57(6):595-599.
PMID: 31914510 DOI: 10.3347/kjp.2019.57.6.595

Abstract

In this study we take a closer look at the diseases that afflicted Japanese police officers who were stationed in a remote mountainous region of Taiwan from 1921 to 1944. Samples were taken from the latrine at the Huabanuo police outpost, and analyzed for the eggs of intestinal parasites, using microscopy and ELISA. The eggs of Eurytrema sp., (possibly E. pancreaticum), whipworm and roundworm were shown to be present. True infection with Eurytrema would indicate that the policemen ate uncooked grasshoppers and crickets infected with the parasite. However, false parasitism might also occur if the policemen ate the uncooked intestines of infected cattle, and the Eurytrema eggs passed through the human intestines. These findings provide an insight into the diet and health of the Japanese colonists in Taiwan nearly a century ago.

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