INTENSITY OF INTESTINAL PARASITE INFESTATION IN A SMALL FARMING VILLAGE, NEAR LAKE TANA, ETHIOPIA

Abstract

ABST'RACT: Of the 806 people in Gebaba Village, 192 were examined for intestinal parasites. The overall prevalence was 61% .The mean intensity of infestation for A. lumbrcoides generally fell with age. Of the total nematode egg counts, 41% was harboured by children below 10 years of age. The cure rate with a single dose of levamisole (ketrax) for A. lumbrcoides was 94% and for T. trichiura and Hookworm 100%. The study has an important implication in understanding the epidemiology of intestinal parasites and in the design of community based control programmes. [Ethiop. Health Dev. 1993;7(1):27-31]
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