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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-25

Prevalence of the enteric parasites in a selected community in los angeles county

Department of otolaryngology, drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angales, California

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A Esfandiari
Department of otolaryngology, drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angales, California

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ABSTRACT: Microscopic examination of stool samples obtained from 128 residents of South-East Los Angeles showed protozoa in 38 [29.7 percent] and helminths in 44 [34 percent], but this population were asymptomatic. Their ethnic composition included, Hispanics 52.3 percent, African-American, 45.3 percent and 2.3 percent others. The mean prevalence of infections among these populations were: Ascaris lumbricoides 38 [27.5 percent], Giardia lamblia 30 [21.7 percent], Entamoeba histolytica 8 [6.2 percent] and Trichostrongylus 6 [4.7 percent]. Parasitic examination of the stool is recommended seriously in clinical practice of city and community hospitals that cater to the health needs of indigent population.

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