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|Title||Prevalence of intestinal parasites among the population of the Gaza Strip, Palestine|
Intestinal parasitic diseases in Gaza Strip are a significant health problem. The main aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of parasitic infection among patients in the five governorates of the Gaza Strip. A crosssectional parasitological survey was conducted on 600 patients. Stool specimens were examined microscopically for the presence of parasite eggs or larvae/cysts per wet amount by the saline iodine and formol-ether concentration method. Of 600 subjects examined, 245 ( 40.8% were infected with one or more intestinal parasites. Entamoeba histolytica/dispar and Giardia lamblia were the most prevalent parasites amongst the population ( 28.8% , ( 9.5% . Female patients demonstrated a higher prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections ( 42.7% than males ( 39.0% . However, this difference was not significant ( p>0.05 . According to occupation, the rate of infection was highest among farmers ( 56.0% , followed by employers ( 44.2% with laborers showing the lowest rate ( 30.17% . These differences in occupational prevalence were found to be statistically significant ( p<0.05 . The present study demonstrates that intestinal protozoan infections are still a public health problem in the Gaza strip, with Entamoeba and Giardia infections being most common. Therefore, it is necessary to develop effective prevention and control strategies, including health education and environmental sanitation improvement.
|Series||Volume: 60, Number: 4|
|Publisher||Annals of Parasitology|
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