alexa Prevalence of intestinal parasites among members of the public in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Family Medicine & Medical Science Research

Author(s): Jamaiah I, Rohela M

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Abstract A total of 246 stool samples were collected from the public who participated in a Medical Fair held at the University Malaya Medical Center. The stools were examined for intestinal parasites using the formalin-ether concentration technique. The overall infection rate was 6.9\% (17 out of 246), with Trichuris trichiura being the most common parasite (4.5\%), followed by Ascaris lumbricoides (0.8\%), Clonorchis sinensis (0.8\%), hookworm (0.4\%), and Entamoeba histolytica (0.4\%). None of these participants showed any clinical symptoms. The highest infection rate was among the Chinese 7.7\% (13 out of 169), followed by the Malays 7.0\% (3 out of 43) and Indians 3.3\% (1 out of 30). The highest infection rate was in the age group 16-30 years, which was 9\% (6 out of 67). The two cases of clonorchiasis were from two Chinese women aged 28 and 66 years. The 28-year-old Chinese woman was born in Malaysia and had never left the country, while the older woman was also born in Malaysia but had visited Hong Kong as a tourist on two occasions. Both enjoyed eating raw fresh water fish with porridge.
This article was published in Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health and referenced in Family Medicine & Medical Science Research

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