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.
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