Prevalence and health behaviors related to intestinal parasite infections among population in Phra Achan sub-district, Ongkharak district, Nakhon Nayok province

Authors

  • Rattiporn Kosuwin Faculty of Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University
  • Pakarang Srimee Faculty of Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University
  • Pattakorn Buppan Faculty of Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University
  • Sunisa Songsaigath Faculty of Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14456/dcj.2021.52

Keywords:

intestinal parasite, helminthes, intestinal protozoan, health behavior

Abstract

The aims of this study were to investigate the prevalence of helminth and intestinal protozoan infection among inhabitants of Phra Achan Subdistrict, Ongkharak District, Nakhon Nayok Province, and examine its relationship with health behaviors. A total of 163 stool samples were collected between September and December 2018. The samples were examined using the Formalin-ethyl acetate concentration technique (FECT). A questionnaire was used to collect general information and health behaviors related to the prevention and control of intestinal parasitic infections. The relationship between intestinal parasitic infections and health behaviors were subsequently determined using a chi-square test. The results showed that 48.4% of the stool samples had intestinal parasites, consisting of 47.8% protozoan and 1.8% helminthic infections. The most common intestinal parasites were identified as Giardia lamblia (24.5%), Endolimax nana (18.4%), Entamoeba coli (3.1%) Blastocystis hominis (0.6%) and Ascaris lumbricoides (0.6%). The coinfection between Ascaris lumbricoides and Giardia lamblia and the coinfection between Ascaris lumbricoides and Entamoeba coli were reported at 0.6%. Health behaviors, including wearing shoes when leaving the house, and hand washing before meals or after leaving the toilet, had a significant relationship (p<0.05) with reduced intestinal parasitic infections.

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2021-09-28

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Kosuwin ร, Srimee ป, Buppan ภ, Songsaigath ส. Prevalence and health behaviors related to intestinal parasite infections among population in Phra Achan sub-district, Ongkharak district, Nakhon Nayok province. Dis Control J [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 28 [cited 2022 Aug. 19];47(3):584-9. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/DCJ/article/view/244183

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