Status of intestinal parasite infections among children in Bat Dambang, Cambodia.

Seung Kyu Park, Dong Heui Kim, Young Kun Deung, Hun Joo Kim, Eun Ju Yang, Soo Jung Lim, Yong Suk Ryang, Dan Jin, Kyu Jae Lee

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Abstract

A survey was conducted to determine the extent of intestinal parasite infection in Bat Dambang, Cambodia in March 2004. A total of 623 fecal specimens was collected from kindergarten and schoolchildren and examined using the formalin-ether sedimentation technique. The overall infection rate of intestinal parasites was 25.7% (boys, 26.2%; girls, 25.1%), and the infection rates of intestinal helminthes by species were as follows: Echinostoma sp. 4.8%, hookworm 3.4%, Hymenolepis nana 1.3%, and Rhabditis sp. 1.3%. The infection rates of intestinal protozoa were; Entamoeba coli 4.8%, Giardia lamblia 2.9%, Iodamoeba butschlii 1.4%, Entamoeba polecki 1.1%, and Entamoeba histolytica 0.8%. There were no egg positive cases of Ascaris lumbricoides or Trichuris trichiura. All children infected were treated with albendazole, praziquantel, or metronidazole according to parasite species. The results showed that intestinal parasites are highly endemic in Bat Dambang, Cambodia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-203
Number of pages3
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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