Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 569

Full Length Research Paper

Prevalence of intestinal parasites in children from four to twelve years in the city of Itapetim- PE Brazil

Ednaldo Queiroga de Lima
  • Ednaldo Queiroga de Lima
  • Federal University of Campina Grande – Patos – PB, Paraíba, Brazil.
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Nara Gilmara de Sousa
  • Nara Gilmara de Sousa
  • Federal University of Campina Grande – Patos – PB, Paraíba, Brazil.
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Raquel Lira Braga da Silva
  • Raquel Lira Braga da Silva
  • Federal University of Campina Grande – Patos – PB, Paraíba, Brazil.
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  •  Accepted: 20 April 2017
  •  Published: 31 July 2017

Abstract

The intestinal parasitosis constitutes one of the main problems of public health, presenting itself endemic in several areas of Brazil. They may be closely related to socio-demographic and environmental factors; and the child population is often hardest hit. In this context, the objective of this study was to analyze the prevalence of intestinal parasites in children aged 4 to 12 years belonging to the city of Itapetim-PE. All fecal exams performed from April 1, 2013 to November 12, 2014, totaling 178 exams were analyzed. The selected exams were based on the methods of Hoffman, Pons and Janer. The samples were analyzed as positive and negative, where a percentage of 20% was obtained for the positive samples, and the female was predominant in this result with 61% of the cases. It was also detected that the infections occurred more by protozoa than by helminths, which represented only 5% of the cases with the agent Ascaris lumbricoides; And in contrast to other agents, Endolimax nana was the most representative, accounting for 48% of the cases analyzed.

Key words: Intestinal parasites, prevalence, basic sanitation.