Prevalence of Intestinal Helminthiasis in Children of Silvercity, Linden (Guyana)

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Joenitta Arthur-McKenzie
Abdullah Adil Ansari

Abstract

This study was conducted in the Silvercity area, Linden (Guyana) and endeavored to determine the prevalence of intestinal helminthiasis in children aged 5-15 and the level of awareness of these parasitic infections among community members. Questionnaires were distributed to 30 households and 26 children from the population aged 5-15 years were selected using a simple random sampling method and tested during the months of February-April 2017 using the fecal wet mount and formalin ether sedimentation method. The mean age was 8 years. The results showed that 15 of 26 children were infected by helminths within the Silvercity area. Among the parasites found, Ascaris lumbricoides were greater in number (n =10) followed by Enterobius vermicularis (n = 5), Trichuris trichiura (n = 4) and hookworm (n =1). Study also found that the level of awareness of transmission among community members was 40%.

Keywords:
Helminth, Linden, children, diagnosis, age

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Arthur-McKenzie, J., & Adil Ansari, A. (2018). Prevalence of Intestinal Helminthiasis in Children of Silvercity, Linden (Guyana). South Asian Journal of Parasitology, 1(1), 1-6. Retrieved from https://journalsajp.com/index.php/SAJP/article/view/1283
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