Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Rural Areas of Dahod.
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 8774-8780
AbstractBackground: Intestinal parasitic infections are considered to be major public health problem of developing countries. Poor socio- economical condition, improper hygiene leads to the high prevalence of these diseases accounting for high morbidity and mortality.
Aim and Objectives: The present study was aimed to identify and investigate the epidemiology of intestinal parasite infections in tertiary care hospital, Dahod, Gujarat.
Material and Methods: A total of 664 stool samples were collected and tested between year 2018 to 2020. Stool samples were collected in wide mouth container and it was placed for routine microscopic examination by wet mount technique.
Results: A total of 60 samples were found positive for the various parasites by stool microscopic examination contributing a positive rate of 9.03%. Male were more susceptible for infection (66.66%) in comparison with female (33.33%). Majority of cases were seen in age group of 21-30 years (26.66%).The most common parasite found was A. duodenale (60%) followed by Giardia lamblia (16.6%), E.histolytica (8.3%), H.nana (6.6%), E.vermicularis (5%) and S.stercoralis (3.3%).
Conclusion: Necessary interventions like sanitation, limitation of open air defecations, health and hygiene education and strict implications of parasitic elimination control programs should be undertaken among the rural population to prevent and control intestinal parasitic infections.
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