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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 93, No. 2, 1998, pp. 161-164
Bioline Code: oc98029
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 93, No. 2, 1998, pp. 161-164

 en Strongyloides stercoralis and other enteroparasites in children at Uberlandia City, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Eleuza Rodrigues Machado & Julia Maria Costa-Cruz

Abstract

To evaluate the rate of infection by Strongyloides stercoralis
and other enteroparasites a survey was conducted in the city of Uberlandia,
State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. A total of 900 stool samples from 300
children aging from four months to seven years, randomly selected in ten
nursery schools from September 1994 to December 1995, were examined, both
by the Baermann-Moraes and Lutz methods. Thirty nine children (13%) were
found to be infected by S. stercoralis, 64.1% were boys and 35.9%
were girls. Taking all the enteroparasites as a whole the results of the
survey pointed out that 265 (88.4%) of the 300 children were infected by
the following: Giardia lamblia, 78.3%; Ascaris lumbricoides,
15.3%; S. stercoralis, 13%; Hymenolepis nana, 6.7%;
hookworms, 6%; Enterobius vermicularis, 4%; Hymenole-pis
diminuta, 4% and Trichuris trichiura, 0.7%. From 265 infected
children 64.5% were mono-infected, 27.2% were infected by two parasites and
8.3% had a poly-specific parasite burden. It was concluded that
strongyloidiasis is hyperendemic in this area.

Keywords
Strongyloides stercoralis - intestinal parasites - children - Brazil

 
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