Prevalence of intestinal parasites among members of the public in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jamaiah, I. and Rohela, M. (2005) Prevalence of intestinal parasites among members of the public in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 36 (1). pp. 68-71. ISSN 0125-1562, DOI 15906644.

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A total of 246 stool samples were collected from the public who participated in a Medical Fair held at the University Malaya Medical Center. The stools were examined for intestinal parasites using the formalin-ether concentration technique. The overall infection rate was 6.9 (17 out of 246), with Trichuris trichiura being the most common parasite (4.5), followed by Ascaris lumbricoides (0.8), Clonorchis sinensis (0.8), hookworm (0.4), and Entamoeba histolytica (0.4). None of these participants showed any clinical symptoms. The highest infection rate was among the Chinese 7.7 (13 out of 169), followed by the Malays 7.0 (3 out of 43) and Indians 3.3 (1 out of 30). The highest infection rate was in the age group 16-30 years, which was 9 (6 out of 67). The two cases of clonorchiasis were from two Chinese women aged 28 and 66 years. The 28-year-old Chinese woman was born in Malaysia and had never left the country, while the older woman was also born in Malaysia but had visited Hong Kong as a tourist on two occasions. Both enjoyed eating raw fresh water fish with porridge.

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Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 11 Export Date: 15 October 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 15906644 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Jamaiah, I.; Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia Chemicals/CAS: formaldehyde, 50-00-0 References: Abdulla, M.A., Khairul Anuar, A., Sidik, K., Comparison of prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in school children in Kuala Lumpur (2002) J Uni Malaya Med Cent, 2, pp. 118-121; Chandra Shekhar, K., Nazarina, A.R., Lee, S.H., Pathmanathan, R., Clonorchiasis/Opisthorchiasis in Malaysians - Case reports and review (1995) Med J Malaysia, 50, pp. 182-186; Chia, W.Y., Fadzrizal, I., Goh, L.H., The problem of soil-transmitted helminthes in squatter areas around Kuala Lumpur (1978) Med J Malaysia, 33, pp. 34-43; George, J., Yang, C.K.O., Prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthes in school children in the Federal Territory of Malaysia (1982) Med J Malaysia, 37, pp. 35-39; Hamimah, I., Zahedi, M., Ainiyah, J., The prevalence of intestinal parasites among children at the General Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1982) Med J Malaysia, 37, pp. 373-377; Kan, S.P., Epidemiology and control of enteric parasitic diseases in man in Malaysia (1988) Trop Biomed, 5, pp. 183-191; Kan, S.P., Soil-transmitted helminthiasis among Indian primary school children in Selangor, Malaysia (1984) Med J Malaysia, 39, pp. 143-147; Kan, S.P., Poon, G.K., Prevalence, distribution and intensity of soil-transmitted helminthiasis among the Malaysia children (1987) Public Health, 101, pp. 243-251; Kan, S.P., Yap, S.B., Yap, P.L., Intestinal parasitism among Penan children of the Upper Baram, Sarawak (1987) Asia-Pacific J Public Health, pp. 38-46; Karim, R., Rahmah, N., Khairul Anuar, A., Mehdi, R., Abdullah, B., Parasitic infections in the Aboriginal Community at Temengor, Hulu Perak, Malaysia (1995) Malayan Nature J, 48, pp. 425-432; Khan, S.M., Anuar, A.K., Prevalence of intestinal helminthes among patients admitted to the Balik Pulau district hospital on Penang Island (1977) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 8, pp. 260-264; Kim, B.J., Ock, M.S., Kim, I.S., Yeo, U.B., Infection status of Clonorchis sinensis in residents of Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea (2002) Korean J Parasitol, 40, pp. 191-193; King, M.S., Clonorchis sinensis in a Malaysian (1968) Med J Malaya, 23, p. 139; Lai, K.P., Intestinal protozoan infections in Malaysia (1992) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 23, pp. 578-586; Lee, D.L., Lee, S., Chang, M.S., Paon, A.J., Katip, J.T., Intestinal helminth infections amongst school children in the Serian District of Sarawak (1999) Med J Malaysia, 54, pp. 96-101; Norhayati, M., Norhayati, M.I., Fariza, N.N., Health status of Orang Asli community in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput, Perak, Malaysia (1998) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 29, pp. 58-61; Neo, C.B., Cheah, Y.K., Chin, P.W., Prevalence and distribution of intestinal and blood parasites among Ibans in the Nanga Atoi in the Second Division in Sarawak (1987) Med J Malaysia, 42, pp. 294-298; Rahmah, N., Ariff, R.H., Abdullah, B., Shariman, M.S., Nazli, M.Z., Rizal, M.Z., Parasitic infections among aborigine children at Post Brooke, Kelantan, Malaysia (1997) Med J Malaysia, 52, pp. 412-415; Rahman, W.A., Helminthic infections of urban and rural schoolchildren in Penang Island, Malaysia: Implications for control (1998) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 29, pp. 596-598; Rajeswari, B., Sinniah, B., Hussein, H., Socio-economic factors associated with intestinal parasites among children living in Gombak, Malaysia (1994) Asia Pacific J Public Health, 7, pp. 21-25; Rim, H.J., Clonorchiasis in Korea (1990) Kisaengchunghak Chapchi, 28 (SUPPL.), pp. 63-78; Sagin, D.D., Mohamed, M., Ismail, G., Jo, J.J., Lim, L.H., Pui, J.N., Intestinal parasitic infection among five interior communities at upper Rejang River, Sarawak, Malaysia (2002) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 33, pp. 18-22; Sinniah, B., Rajeswari, B., Johari, S., Rohela, M., Subramaniam, K., Ramakrishnan, K., Geohelmiths, protozoa and anemia among estate children in Selangor, Malaysia (1992) J Malaysia Soc Health, 10, pp. 37-43; Sinniah, B., Sinniah, D., Singh, M., Poon, G.K., Prevalence of parasitic infections in Malaysian oil palm estate workers (1978) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 9, pp. 272-276; Verle, P., Kongs, A., De, N.V., Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in Nortern Vietnam (2003) Trop Med Int Health, 8, pp. 961-964; Yu, S., Xu, L., Jiang, Z., Report on the first nationwide survey of the distribution of human parasites in China. Regional distribution of parasite species (1994) Zhongguo Ji Sheng Chong Xue Yu Ji Sheng Chong Bing Za Zhi, 12, pp. 241-247
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formaldehyde adolescent adult age distribution aged article Ascaris lumbricoides child Chinese clinical feature Clonorchis sinensis concentration process controlled study Entamoeba histolytica feces analysis female hookworm human Indian infection rate intestine parasite major clinical study Malaysia male nonhuman parasite prevalence parasitosis sex ratio symptom technique Trichuris Animals Child, Preschool Epidemiologic Studies Feces Health Fairs Humans Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic Middle Aged Prevalence
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 02:29
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 04:19

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