- Sunday, October 10, 2010
- Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in Jenin Governorate, Palestine: a 10-year retrospective study
- Published at:Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Objective: The present study is aimed to asses the prevalence of intestinal parasites among Jenin Governorate (Northern Palestine) populations.
Methods: A retrospective laboratory analysis of stool specimens submitted for intestinal parasite examination analysis in Jenin Governmental Hospital, Jenin Governorate, Northern Palestine. The records were collected from the clinical microbiology laboratory of the Jenin Governmental Hospital, between January 2000 and December 2009.
Results: Our retrospective study showed that the prevalence of intestinal parasite infection during 10 years ranged from 32%-41.5%. There are at least 7 different parasites were encountered, the most common pathogenic parasites identified were: Entamoeba histolytica (8.24%-18.2%), Enterobius vermicularis (15.6%-28.9%). The other parasites present were: Giardia lamblia, Ascaris lumbricoides, Strongyloides stercoralis, Taenia species and Ancylostoma duodenale (Hookworms).
Conclusions: Intestinal parasitic infection is an important public health problem in Jenin governorate, Palestine. It is necessary to develop effective prevention and control strategies including health education and improving environmental health.