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Research Article | Open Access
S. Parimala, R. Bindu Madhavi and Sheela Vijaykumari
Department of Microbiology, Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Kolar, Karnataka, India.
Article Number: 7650 | © The Author(s). 2022
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2022;16(4):2451-2457. https://doi.org/10.22207/JPAM.16.4.05
Received: 28 February 2022 | Accepted: 25 July 2022 | Published online: 04 October 2022
Issue online: December 2022
Abstract

In developing countries due to lack of sanitary practices, poor socioeconomic conditions and huge population burden, intestinal parasitic infections continue to be a major public health problem. The present study was done to determine the prevalence of Intestinal parasitic infections (IPI) among patients attending our tertiary care rural hospital. The study was conducted for a duration of 3 years at R L Jalappa Hospital and Research Centre, Kolar. Retrospective data of samples sent for stool microscopy were collected from laboratory records and were analyzed. During the study period, 62 out of 892 patients were screened positive for intestinal parasitic infections. The most common parasite observed was Entamoeba histolytica (5.3%) followed by Hookworm (1.2%), Ascaris lumbricoides (0.4%), Strongyloides stercoralis (0.1%), and Taenia species (0.1%). Findings of our study show that intestinal parasitic infections continue to be a burden, hence regular screening is essential to know the common parasites causing infections. Improved sanitation, safe drinking water practices, and health education are essential for prevention.

Keywords

Helminths, Intestinal parasitic infections, Protozoans, Haemoglobin, South India, Prevalence

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