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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-32

Strongyloidiasis in Assam, India: A community-based study

Regional Medical Research Centre, N.E.Region (ICMR), Post Box No-105, Dibrugarh, Assam, India

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Jagadish Mahanta
RMRC, N.E. Region (ICMR), Post Box No-105, Dibrugarh-786001, Assam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.72110

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Background: Strongyloidiasis is endemic in many tropical and subtropical countries and reports from northeast India are very few. Aim: A community-based study was carried out in Assam, India, to find out the occurrence of Strongyloides stercoralis. Materials and Methods: Stool samples were obtained from 198 randomly selected individuals from the community. Samples were processed using direct microscopy with formal-ether concentration methods. Results and Conclusion: Seventeen numbers of samples showed the presence of Strongyloides stercoralis (8.5%). A total of 105 (53%) individuals were positive for at least one intestinal parasite. The other intestinal parasites detected were Ascaris lumbricoides (33.3%), Trichuris trichiura (9.1%), hookworm (7.1%), Enterobius vermicularis (1.5%), and Giardia cyst (1.5%). Five out of 17 individuals positive for S.stercoralis had associated gastrointestinal, respiratory, and/or cutaneous symptoms.The present study although not exhaustive for true prevalence calls for attention in the backdrop of high malnutrition and pulmonary tuberculosis.

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