Prevalence of intestinal parasites and associated risk factors among schoolchildren in Srinagar City, Kashmir, India

Showkat Ahmad Wani, Fayaz Ahmad, Showkat A. Zargar, Zubair Ahmad, Pervaiz Ahmad, Hidayatullah Tak

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Abstract

Surveys on the prevalence of various intestinal parasitic infections in different geographic regions is a prerequisite for developing appropriate control strategies. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in school-children enrolled in various schools in Srinagar City, Kashmir, India, and to assess epidemiological factors associated with the extent of endemic disease. Stool samples were collected from 514 students enrolled in 4 middle schools. The samples were processed with the use of both simple smear and zinc sulphate concentration methods, and then microscopically examined for intestinal parasites. Of the 514 students surveyed, 46.7% had 1, or more, parasites. Prevalence of Ascaris lumbricoides was highest (28.4%), followed by Giardia lamblia (7.2%), Trichuris trichiura (4.9%), and Taenia saginata (3.7%). Conditions most frequently associated with infection included the water source, defecation site, personal hygiene, and the extent of maternal education. The study shows a relatively high prevalence of intestinal parasites and suggests an imperative for the implementation of control measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1543
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Volume93
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

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