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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 104-107

Intestinal parasitic infestation among children in a semi-urban Indian population


Department of Microbiology, Santosh Medical College & Hospital, Ghaziabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Dakshina Bisht
Department of Microbiology, Santosh Medical College & Hospital, Pratap Vihar, Ghaziabad - 210069
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.86946

PMID: 23508675

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Background: Survey on the prevalence of various intestinal parasitic infestations in different geographic regions is a prerequisite to obtain an accurate understanding of the burden and cause of intestinal parasitic infestations in a particular area. The aim of the present study was to determine the intestinal parasitic infestation among children in a semi-urban area. Materials and Methods: A total of 335 stool samples were collected, processed, and microscopically examined for intestinal parasites. Results: One hundred twenty-eight (38%) stool samples showed presence of ova/cysts. Multiple parasites were seen in 42 (32.8%) samples. Among the protozoans, Entamoeba histolytica (55.3%) was the most common followed by Giardia lamblia (40.4%). Ascaris lumbricoides and Hymenolepis nana (24.2%) were the most common helminths detected. Conclusions: In most of the cases, intestinal parasitic infestation spreads due to low standards of personal hygiene, poor sanitation, non-usage of toilets and an illiterate population, thus suggesting regular surveys to help in devising optimum methods of control.


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