Prevalence of Intestinal Parasitic Infection: A Hospital Based Study

Jha B*, Sapkota J*, Sharma M*, Mishra B*,

Abstract


INTRODUCTION:Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infestation is still high in developing countries like Nepal. This study aims to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infestation in stool
sample received in microbiology lab of Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital in two years duration.
METHOD: This is an observational study done in Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital from July 2014 to June 2016. A total of 6203 stool specimen was received in two years for
microscopic examination. Samples were examined for routine and microscopic examination.
RESULT: Our study showed the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infestation was 8.73%. 8 different parasitic cyst/ova/larva were isolated, among which Entamoebahistolytica was more prevalent
followed by Giardia lamblia. Among helminthes hookworm was more common followed by Ascaris lumbricoides.
CONCLUSION: Although the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infestation is declining, but high prevalence of Entamoebahistolytica signifies the fecal contamination of water.

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