Helminthic infestation in children of Kupwara district: A prospective study

S. Wani, F. Ahmad, S. Zargar, B. Fomda, Z. Ahmad, P. Ahmad

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The present study deals with the investigation of the frequency of intestinal helminth parasites in children of Kupwara, Kashmir, India. Three hundred and twelve children in the age group of 4-15 years were examined for different intestinal helminths in three schools located in rural areas. Two hundred and twenty two of 312 (71.15%) tested positive for various intestinal helminths. The various helminth parasites included Ascaris lumbricoides , Trichuris trichiura , Enterobius vermicularis and Taenia saginata. By far, the highest frequency of 69.23% (216/312) was noted for Ascaris lumbricoides followed by Trichuris trichiura 30.76% (96/312), Enterobius vermicularis 7.69% (24/312) and Taenia saginata 7.69% (24/312). Single infection was found in 33.65% (105/312) and mixed infection was seen in 37.5% (117/312) children. This study emphasizes the need for improved environmental conditions, i.e., clean water supplies, enhanced sanitation and chemotherapy of school-age children in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-400
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Helminths
  • School children


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