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Prevalence of Giardia lamblia in stool samples of diarrhea patients in Quetta, Pakistan

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Muhammad Yousaf, Sadullah Jan, Muhammad Shafee, Abdul Samad, Muhammad Barkhurdar, Farah Sabeen Bugti, Tabeel Tariq, Saima, Roomeela, Sundus Saifullah, Waseem Akhtar, Shafiq Ahmed

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Int. J. Biosci.12( 3), 116-121, March 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/12.3.116-121


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The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Giardia lamblia in Stool samples of diarrheal patients in Quetta. Two hundred thirty fecal samples were collected randomly from the male female and children patients who visited OPD (outpatient department) of different hospitals of Quetta from February 2017 to August 2017. The samples were screened for the presence of parasites using microscopic techniques (formalin ethyl-acetate sedimentation technique). Two hundred and thirty (230) patients having diarrhea and abdominal discomfort were examined for G. lamblia infection in Quetta district hospitals. Out of 230 sample analyzed protozoa etiological agent Giardia was detected in 65 (28.2%). out of 65 in male 66.5% and in female 33.8% positive was detected. To control Giardia lamblia is by good hygiene, adequate cooking of food, and protection of food from flies, properly wash raw vegetables before serving, use of boiled water and well developed sewage system. The study concluded that the use of raw animal manure for fertilizer, irrigation of vegetables with fecal contaminated water, poor sanitary system and improper treatment of water supplies can increase the threat of contamination of water which is main source of causing giardiasis and other infections.


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Prevalence of Giardia lamblia in stool samples of diarrhea patients in Quetta, Pakistan

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