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Submitted: 12 October 2012 Modified: 12 October 2012
HERDIN Record #: CAR-UCBCF-12101211444085

Epidemiology of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Parasitism Among Schoolchildren in Tublay, Benguet.

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Soil-transmitted helminthic (STH) parasitism remains a primary problem in underdeveloped countries as they affect mostly school age children. The infection rate is associated with environmental, socioeconomic, personal and clinical capabilities of the community. In this study, information is sought on the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthic parasitism, and associated with factors contributory to its occurrence. Stool specimens of 428 schoolchildren were sampled for standard parasitological diagnostic test. The children and their parents or guardians also accomplished questionnaires on socio-environmental conditions. It is revealed that STH parasitism rate in the ten participating schools is only 2.34%, indicating a level of 'light infection.' There was no significant association with STH parasitism and knowledge of parasites, but awareness of STH transmission is significantly associated with the level of STH parasitism. Higher STH cases among schools have low compliance to hand washing with soap, wearing footwear, and lesser clinic visitations. It is concluded that intensive education on STH infection prevention and control is recommended to sustain good behavioral practices in the community. Deworming and personal hygienic programs and activities should also be continued both in the school and at home to heighten awareness among pupils and their immediate members of the family regarding STH parasitism.

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
Tangkoyob: University of the Cordilleras Multidisciplinary Research Journal
Frequency
Semi-Annual
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
1
Page(s)
15

Objectives

To provide a localized description of Soil-transmitted helminthic (STH) parasitism in school children of Tublay, Benguet, Philippines.

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