Korean J Parasitol.  1990 Mar;28(1):63-67. 10.3347/kjp.1990.28.1.63.

Intestinal parasite infections among inhabitants in two islands of Tongyeong-gun, Kyeongsangnam-do

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  • 1Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Gyeong-Sang National University, Chinju, Korea.

Abstract

This study was performed to evaluate the status of intestinal parasitic infections among the inhabitants in two islands (Chu-do and Doomi-do) of Tongyeong-gun, Kyeongsangnam-do (Province), from August to September, 1989. A total of 189 stool specimens was collected from the inhabitants of 3 villages and examined by Kato's cellophane thick smear and formalin-ether sedimentation techniques. Stoll's dilution egg counting technique was done for the quantitative examination of helminth eggs. The overall positive rate of intestinal parasites was 30.2%. The egg positive rate of Ascaris lumbricoides was 2.1%, that of Trichuris trichiura 24.3%, hookworm 2.1%, Trichostrongylus orientalis 0.5%, Clonorchis sinensis 1.1%, heterophyid 1.6%, and Taenia species 2.6%. The cyst positive rate of Giardia lamblia was 1.6% and that of Entamoeba coli 0.5%. In T. trichiura infection, the egg positive rate of females (29.9%) was much higher than that of males (17.2%). Among the age groups, 10-19 year group showed the highest infection rate, 32.4%. It was revealed that the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among the inhibitants of remote islands should be still high in comparison with ever-reported ones in urban or rural areas.


MeSH Terms

Adolescence-
Adult-
Age-Factors
Aged-
Child-
Child,-Preschool
English-Abstract
Helminthiasis-parasitology
Infant-
Intestinal-Diseases,-Parasitic-parasitology
Korea-epidemiology
Middle-Age
Parasite-Egg-Count
Prevalence-
Protozoan-Infections-parasitology
*Helminthiasis-epidemiology
*Helminths-isolation-and-purification
*Intestinal-Diseases,-Parasitic-epidemiology
*Protozoa-isolation-and-purification
*Protozoan-Infections-epidemiology
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