E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Children Brought to the Kars Maternal and Children’s Hospital with Complaints of Gastrointestinal Symptoms
1 Department of Parasitology, Kafkas University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kars, Turkey  
2 Kafkas Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Kars  
3 Doğum ve Çocuk Bakımevi Hastanesi  
4 Kafkas Üniversitesi Kars Sağlık Yüksek Okulu, Kars, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2008; 32: 253-256

Key Words: İntestinal parasites, child, Kars, Turkey
Abstract

This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites in 2-6 year-old children who were brought to Kars Maternal and Children’s Hospital with complaints of gastrointestinal symptoms during March-June 2007. Fecal samples were taken from children and brought to the parasitology laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to be examined for intestinal parasites. Fecal samples were examined by centrifugal formalin ether, zinc-sulphate floatation, and modified acid fast techniques. Lugol solution was used during microscopic examination and suspected samples were also examined by the Giemsa dye technique. The prevalence of intestinal parasites in children was found to be 36.2% (50/138). Protozoan and helminth parasites were found to be 34.1% (47/138) and 2.9% (4/138) in the fecal samples examined, respectively. Giardia intestinalis (10.9%), Entamoeba histolytica/dispar (10.1%), Entamoeba coli (8%), Blastocystis hominis (6.5%), Endolimax nana (4.3%), Chilomastix mesnili (1.4%), Ascaris lumbricoides (1.4%), Entamoeba hartmanni (0.7%), Cyclospora cayetanensis (0.7%), Enterobius vermicularis (0.7%) and Hymenolepis nana (0.7%) were identified from the feces of children of Kars and vicinity. No Cryptosporidium spp. was detected.  

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