Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites among school children in District Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

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Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites among school children in District Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Waheed Ullah, Akram Shah, Qaiser Jamal, Sana Ullah, Ibrar Muhammad, Hamid Ullah
Int. J. Biosci.5( 1), 1-8, July 2014.
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This study was undertaken to assess the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection among school going children across District Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. A total of 222 stool specimens (156 from boys and 66 from girls) were taken from participants of age 4-15 years. Among 222 inhabitants 81 were included from urban and 141 from rural areas. Overall prevalence of parasitic infection was found to be (73.87%). A total of 10 different species (7 helminthes and 3 protozoans) were detected. The parasites encountered were Ascaris lumbricoides (54.50%), Taenia saginata (16.22%), Hymenolepis nana (10.81%) and Taxocara species (10.36%), Trichuris trichiura (6.76%), Entamoeba coli (5.41%), Giardia lamblia (2.25%), Entamoeba histolytica (1.3%), Enterobius vermicularis (1.3%) and hookworms (0.45%). Ascaris was more frequent (75.18%) in rural community, while Taenia saginata (35.80%), Hymenolepis nana (25.93%) and Taxocara species (28.40%) were more prevalent among urban population.


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