A small-scale survey of intestinal parasite infections among children and adolescents in Legaspi city, the Philippines.

K. J. Lee, Y. K. Ahn, T. S. Yong

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To determine the status of infection caused by intestinal parasites among children and adolescents living in Legaspi city, the Philippines, we performed a small survey by fecal examination for helminth ova and protozoan cysts with formalin-ether concentration method. Of the 64 examinees, the infection rate was 78.1%. The infection rates of primary school children, preschool children and adolescents were 95.5%, 64.7% and 87.5%, respectively. The infection rate in urban areas was 56%, and 92.3% in rural areas. The infection rates were 51% with Trichuris trichiura, 40% with Ascaris lumbricoides, 23.4% with hookworm, 15.6% with Iodamoeba butschlii, 14.1% with Endolimax nana, 9.4% with Entamoeba coli and 7.8% with Giardia lamblia. There were 33 cases with multiple infection (51.6%). Mixed infection with more than 3 parasites was observed in 15 cases, all of them being children and adolescents living in rural areas. By this survey, it was conjectured that helminthic infection is prevalent among children and adolescents in Legaspi, Philippines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-185
Number of pages3
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Sep

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Parasitic Diseases
Philippines
Infection
Endolimax
Parasites
Entamoeba
Ascaris lumbricoides
Trichuris
Ancylostomatoidea
Giardia lamblia
Helminths
Preschool Children
Surveys and Questionnaires
Coinfection
Ether
Formaldehyde
Ovum
Cysts

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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A small-scale survey of intestinal parasite infections among children and adolescents in Legaspi city, the Philippines. / Lee, K. J.; Ahn, Y. K.; Yong, T. S.

In: The Korean journal of parasitology, Vol. 38, No. 3, 09.2000, p. 183-185.

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