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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 93, No. 3, 1998, pp. 289-293
Bioline Code: oc98055
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 93, No. 3, 1998, pp. 289-293

 en Intestinal helminthiasis and anaemia in youngsters from Matriz da Luz, district of Sao Lourenco da Mata, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Maria Rejane Ferreira; Wayner Souza; Emilia P Perez; Tiago Lapa; Alexandre B Carvalho; Andre Furtado; Helio B Coutinho & Derek Wakelin

Abstract

A group of youngsters (4-18 years old) in northeast Brazil was studied
to establish the prevalence of anaemia and intestinal parasitism, as well
as to analyze the correlation between them. Two criteria were used to
determine the state of anaemia, the level of haemoglobin and the mean of
corpuscular volume. The first was considered a single criterion and the
second an associated criteria, used in an attempt to correlate anaemia with
iron deficiency. The prevalence of intestinal parasitism was 93%, while the
prevalence of anaemia was 43.1% and 16.1% according to the criteria
employed (single or associated respectively). Anaemia was significantly
associated with both sex and age. No significant statistical difference was
observed when the association was made between each parasite and anaemia
even with those more related to anaemia.

Keywords
anaemia - helminths - intestinal parasites - iron deficiency - haemoglobin

 
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