Incidence and Intensity of Soil Transmitted Helminths in A Rural Area of Lahore

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Incidence and Intensity of Soil Transmitted Helminths in A Rural Area of Lahore

R Hafeez, Z Tahir, A S Chughtai
Chughtai Lab, 08-Jail Road, Main Gulberg, Lahore.
Geohelminths / Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) infection represents a major public health problem in poor and developing
countries. During the period April and May 2002, we received 85 stool samples to detect the presence of STH infection in young children. Stool samples were examined for helminth eggs by qualitative method (Kato-Katz technique) to determinethe prevalence and intensity of intestinal parasitic infection. The overall prevalence of STH infection detected was 44.7%.Ascaris lumbricoides (60.53%) was the commonest parasite isolated, followed by Trichuris trichura (42.10%). The highest incidence of infection was found in the 2 – 8 year age group. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and intensity of STH in children aged 1 – 15 years living in a rural area of Lahore, so as to provide data to plan helminthic control programmes

         

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