Korean J Parasitol.  2004 Dec;42(4):201-203. 10.3347/kjp.2004.42.4.201.

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

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Parasitology and Institute of Basic Medical Science, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju 220-701, Korea. kjlee@wonju.yonsei.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Biology, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju 220-701, Korea.
  • 3Department of Neurosurgery, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju 220-701, Korea.
  • 4Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science and Institute of Health Science, College of Health Science, Yonsei University Wonju 220-710, Korea.
  • 5Department of Microbiology, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju 220-701, Korea.

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.

Keyword

Cambodia; intestinal parasites; children
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