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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:10, October, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(10): 718-723

The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasitic Infections in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Southern India - A Retrospective Study
S. Jayalakshmi* and S. Dharanidevi
Department of Microbiology, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Thiruporur, Kancheepuram (District), Tamilnadu, India
*Corresponding author

Intestinal parasitic infections are highly prevalent among the general population in developing countries and these infections can lead to a number of adverse effects. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of common intestinal parasitic infection in our area. A total of 200 stool samples were collected from Microbiology Laboratory for a period of six months (August 2015 to January 2016). The samples were examined for protozoa and helminths infection by routine microscopy. In our study the prevalence of Intestinal parasitic infection is 77%. There are ten different parasites encountered. The most common parasites identified were Ascaris lumbricoides 100(64.93%), followed by Taenia spp 18(11.68%), Ancylostoma duodenale 15(9.74%), Strongyloides stercoralis 6(3.89%). The other parasites present were Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba coli, Trichuris trichiura, Enterobius vermicularis, Giardia lamblia and Hymenolepis nana. Prevalence of helminths was higher than protozoa in the present study. It is an important public health problem. It is necessary to develop effective prevention and control strategies including periodic deworming, health education and environmental hygiene.

Keywords: Prevalence, Intestinal Parasites, Infection, Protozoa, Helminths.

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Jayalakshmi, S.,  and Dharanidevi, S. 2016. The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasitic Infections in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Southern India - A Retrospective Study.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(10): 718-723. doi:
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