African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 16, No. 3, 2016, pp. 690-697
Bioline Code: hs16088
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2016, pp. 690-697
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Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among school children in capital areas of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, West Africa.|
Liao,Chien-Wei; Fu,Chung-Jung; Kao,Cheng-Yan; Lee,Yueh-Lun; Chen,Po-Ching; Chuang,Ting-Wu; Toshio, Naito; Chou,Chia-Mei; Ying-Chie, Huang & Bonfim,Idalina
Background: Although the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe (DRSTP) has undertaken school children-based
deworming programs against intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs) using a single dose of mebendazole annually since 2005, it remains
unclear as to the outcome to date. The present study intends to investigate the recent IPIs status among school children
living in capital areas of the DRSTP.
Methods: A total of 252 school children (121 boys and 131 girls) of grades 4 and 5 from 4 primary schools located in the capital
areas participated in the present study and their fresh fecal specimens were examined for the presence of any parasites using the
merthiolate- iodine-formaldehyde concentration method as conducted.
Results: The overall prevalence of IPIs was 64.7% (163/ 252). No significant gender difference in prevalence between boys
(67.8%) and girls (61.8%) was found (p = 0.3).
The majority of school children were infected with a single species of parasite (55.8%). Altogether, 12 different intestinal parasite
species were identified in DRSTP school children, of which 9 species were pathogenic and the remaining 3 were non-pathogenic.
Conclusion: Improving the detection method, sanitation facilities and personal hygiene as well as utilizing combined drugs are
all important measures to greatly reduce IPIs in DRSTP school children.
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome; Principe; school children; intestinal parasitic infections