Author(s): Sirivichayakul C, Pojjaroenanant C, Wisetsing P, Siripanth C, Chanthavanich P,
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Abstract The prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection was studied by stool examination in institutionalized and non-institutionalized Thai people with mental handicaps. It was found that the prevalence of infection was much higher in institutionalized (57.6\%) than in non-institutionalized people (7.5\%). The common parasites found in institutionalized people were Trichuris trichiura (29.7\%), Entamoeba coli (23.1\%), Giardia intestinalis (8.0\%), Hymenolepis nana (7.8\%), and Entamoeba histolytica/dispar (7.1\%). Institutionalized mentally handicapped people should be considered as a high risk group for intestinal parasitic infection and a parasitic control measure should be emphasized.
This article was published in Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health
and referenced in Family Medicine & Medical Science Research