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Prevalence of Giardia intestinalis among the children of rural areas of Bangladesh



Prevalence of Giardia intestinalis among the children of rural areas of Bangladesh



Bangladesh Journal of Zoology 26(2): 85-89, December



To study the prevalence of intestinal protozoan parasite, Giardia intestinalis, among the children of three rural areas, a total of 450 samples were examined during August. 1994 in Mirzapur, October in Bhaluka and November in Kaliganj. Among 150 samples from each area, stool examination showed that 16.7% of them were infected by Giardia intestinalis from Mirzapur, 3.8% from Bhaluka and 13.9% from Kaliganj. Among the six age-groups, viz. 2-3, 3.1-4, 4-1-5, 5.1-6, 6.1-7 and 7.1-8, the highest prevalences 25% in Mirzapur, 7.6% in Bhaluka and 18.75% in Kaliganj were observed in 5.1-6 years age group. According to the educational status, the illiterate groups are more infected; the children who are not habituated to use anything for washing hands after defaecation are more infected than who are using soap, clay and ash; and the prevalence of the parasite is also higher among the children who use pond as a source of drinking water and washing utensils. The females were infected more than the males.

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