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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 398-400

Helminthic infestation in children of Kupwara district: A prospective study


1 PG Department of Zoology, The University of Kashmir, Soura, Srinagar, India
2 Department of Gastroenterology, SKIMS, Soura, Srinagar, India

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S A Wani
PG Department of Zoology, The University of Kashmir, Soura, Srinagar
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.37348

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The present study deals with the investigation of the frequency of intestinal helminth parasites in children of Kupwara, Kashmir, India. Three hundred and twelve children in the age group of 4-15 years were examined for different intestinal helminths in three schools located in rural areas. Two hundred and twenty two of 312 (71.15%) tested positive for various intestinal helminths. The various helminth parasites included Ascaris lumbricoides , Trichuris trichiura , Enterobius vermicularis and Taenia saginata . By far, the highest frequency of 69.23% (216/312) was noted for Ascaris lumbricoides followed by Trichuris trichiura 30.76% (96/312), Enterobius vermicularis 7.69% (24/312) and Taenia saginata 7.69% (24/312). Single infection was found in 33.65% (105/312) and mixed infection was seen in 37.5% (117/312) children. This study emphasizes the need for improved environmental conditions, i.e., clean water supplies, enhanced sanitation and chemotherapy of school-age children in rural areas.






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