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CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-94

Intestinal helminthiasis in children of Gurez valley of Jammu and Kashmir State, India


1 P. G. Department of Zoology, The University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
2 Department of Gastroenterology, SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

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Showkat Ahmad Wani
P. G. Department of Zoology, The University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.62872

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Introduction : This paper is a part of the helminthological studies carried out on school-going children of the Kashmir Valley and deals with the status of intestinal helminths in the children of Gurez Valley and to assess epidemiological factors associated with the extent of endemic disease so that control measures are adopted. Material and Methods : Stool samples were collected from 352 children from Gurez Valley. The samples were processed using Kato-Katz thick smear technique, and microscopically examined for intestinal parasites. Results : Of the 352 children surveyed, 75.28% had one or more types of intestinal helminthes. Prevalence of Ascaris lumbricoides was highest (71.18%), followed by Trichuris trichiura (26.42%), Enterobius vermicularis (13.92) and Taenia saginata (5.39%). Conditions most frequently associated with infection included the water source, defecation site, personal hygiene, and the extent of maternal education. Conclusion : The study shows a relatively high prevalence of intestinal helminths and suggests an imperative for the implementation of control measures.


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