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BMC Res Notes. 2018 Oct 29;11(1):771. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3888-2.

Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection among children under 5 years of age at Dessie Referral Hospital: cross sectional study.

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1
Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wollo University, Dessie, Ethiopia. gebretsadikd@gmail.com.
2
Department of Medical Laboratory Science, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wollo University, Dessie, Ethiopia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Intestinal parasitic infection is a serious public health problem throughout the world particularly in developing countries. Like other countries in sub saran region epidemiological data regarding prevalence of intestinal parasites and their associated factors were limited in Ethiopia. So, the main objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites and associated factors among under five children in Dessie Referral Hospital from August 1, 2017 to December 20, 2017.

RESULTS:

In this research a total of 232 under five children were involved. Out of these study subjects 36 (15.5%) were infected with at least one intestinal parasites. A total of five intestinal parasites were examined and the dominant parasite was E. histolytica 15/232 (6.5%) followed by H. nana 11/232 (4.7%). All age groups were affected by intestinal parasites but children who were at the age of below 2 years and at the age between 2 and 3 years were 4.7 times and 2.6 times at risk of acquiring infection with intestinal parasites in comparison at the age of 3-5 years children.

KEYWORDS:

Dessie; Intestinal parasitic infection; Under-five children

PMID:
30373668
PMCID:
PMC6206668
DOI:
10.1186/s13104-018-3888-2
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