Occurrence of enteric parasites and their risk factors among the female inhabitants of lower socioeconomic groups in Dhaka city

  • Mt Tahmina Karim Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
  • Hamida Khanum Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
  • Sharmin Musa Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Keywords: intestinal parasites; lower socioeconomic groups; prevalence; intestinal parasites

Abstract

The present study was conducted to investigate the intestinal parasites. A total of 900 female inhabitants of lower socioeconomic groups in Dhaka city were examined during Sep 2013 to Aug 2015, prevalence of gastrointestinal parasitic infestation was 66.22% and 26 parasite species were identified, of which ten species were protozoans, six cestodes, four trematodes and six nematodes. Prevalence of nematoda was the highest (57.55%), then cestode (38.67%), protozoa (19.22%) and lowest was found in trematode (4.11%). Entamoeba histolytica (10.44%) indicates severe faecal contamination among protozoan parasites, while in cestodes Hymenolepis nana (22.78%), in trematodes Fasciolopsis buski (2.11%) and in nematodes Ascaris lumbricoides (38%) were highly prevalent. In twelve study areas, the highest prevalence was found in Kamrangichar (87.5%) and children of age group 1-15 years (75.65%) were mostly affected by intestinal parasite.

Asian J. Med. Biol. Res. December 2018, 4(4): 343-350

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2018-12-30
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Karim, M. T., Khanum, H., & Musa, S. (2018). Occurrence of enteric parasites and their risk factors among the female inhabitants of lower socioeconomic groups in Dhaka city. Asian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 4(4), 343-350. https://doi.org/10.3329/ajmbr.v4i4.40106
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