Current situation of Giardia and Cryptosporidium among Orang Asli (aboriginal) communities in Pahang, Malaysia

Mahdy, A.K.M. and Surin, J. and Lim, Yvonne Ai Lian and Al-Mekhlafi, M.S.H. (2007) Current situation of Giardia and Cryptosporidium among Orang Asli (aboriginal) communities in Pahang, Malaysia. The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 38 (Sup.1). pp. 27-31. ISSN 0125-1562,

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A cross-sectional study on the distribution of Giardia intestinalis and Cryptosporidium species was conducted among the Orang Asli communities at Pos Betau, Pahang, Malaysia. Fecal samples were collected from 316 participants, age between 1-76 years (156 males and 160 females). The samples were examined using trichrome staining technique for G. intestinalis, and Cryptosporidium species were detected using modified acid-fast staining technique. Biodata were also collected through a pre-tested standard questionnaire. The overall prevalence rates were 17.1 and 4.1, for giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis, respectively. The study indicated that there was a significant difference in the infection rate of G. intestinalis between age groups, with infections being higher in children (p < 0.05). However, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis were not found to be gender biased. This study concludes that giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis are still public health problems in the Orang Asli communities in Malaysia, and special attention should be given to those in the high-risk groups.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Giardia and Cryptosporidium
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Johana Johari
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 04:32
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 04:36

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