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Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in primary school students in Gorgan, Iran

Rostami, M. and Tohidi, F. and Sharbatkhori, M. and Taherkhani, H. and Eteraf, A. (2011) Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in primary school students in Gorgan, Iran. TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, 16 (1, SI). pp. 307-308.

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OBJECTIVES Intestinal parasitic infections are among the most widespread human infections in developing countries, and children are the most vulnerable. Surveys on the prevalence of various intestinal parasitic infections in different geographic regions are prerequisite for developing appropriate control strategies. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of protozoa and intestinal helminthes and also associated sociodemographic factors, as well as the risk factors of intestinal parasites for students in various schools of Gorgan city, Iran. METHODS The study was conducted in 7–12 year old primary school students from October 2010 to March 2011. Participants provided fecal samples and answered a questionnaire about their demographics and hygiene habits. The collection of stool samples was performed over 2 days (j1, j3). The samples were examined by direct smear and formalin-ether concentration in the Laboratory of Parasitology, Golestan University of Medical Sciences. RESULTS A total of 801 students were assessed, average age 9.5 years. Overall 317 children (39.6%) were infected with trophozoites and/or cysts of protozoa and/or eggs of helminth parasites. One hundred and three (12.8%) students were polyparasitized. The rates of infections with Entamoeba histolytica/ Entamoeba dispar, Giardia intestinalis, Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba coli, Endolimax nana, Entrobius vermicularis, Hymenolepis nana, hook worms and Ascaris lumbricoides were ½%, 33/7%, 31/2%, 56/5%, 26%, 2/8%, 1/8%, 0/5% and 1.3% respectively. There was no significant association between sex and rates of infection (P-value < 0.05). However, significant correlations were obtained among parasite infections with parents’ education, place of residence, washing hands habits (P-value < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS This work shows that the prevalence of intestinal parasitism is high among primary school students in Gorgan city and suggests an imperative for the implementation of control measures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
موارد کلی
Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 08:47
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/3934

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