Intestinal parasites and intra familial incidence in a low socio-economic area of Chandigarh (North India).

Devendra Bansal, Rakesh Sehgal, Harinderpal Singh Bhatti, Sandeep Kumar Shrivastava, Sumeeta Khurana, Ramesh Chander Mahajan, Nancy Malla

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Abstract

A total of 550 stool samples were collected from a low socio economic population of Chandigarh (North India) and examined macroscopically and microscopically, to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections and their familial incidence. The overall prevalence rate was 19.3%. Ascaris lumbricoides and Giardia lamblia were the commonest, affecting 51 (9.3%) and 33 (6.0%), respectively. In 17 (22.7%) families the same parasite was observed to infect multiple family members, which included A.lumbricoides (in 9 families), G. lamblia (in 7 families) and H. nana (in 1 family). The results of present study indicate that there is a high prevalence of parasitic infection in the community where personal hygiene and sanitary conditions are poor and may be one of the contributing factors for transmission within the families. Intervention strategies including health education program should be designed and implemented to control parasitic infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
JournalNepal Medical College journal : NMCJ
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Bansal, D., Sehgal, R., Bhatti, H. S., Shrivastava, S. K., Khurana, S., Mahajan, R. C., & Malla, N. (2004). Intestinal parasites and intra familial incidence in a low socio-economic area of Chandigarh (North India). Nepal Medical College journal : NMCJ, 6(1), 28-31.