Demographic status and prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in schoolchildren in İzmir, Turkey

AKSOY Ü., Akisü Ç., BAYRAM DELİBAŞ S., ÖZKOÇ S., Şahin S., Usluca S.

Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, vol.49, no.3, pp.278-282, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.278-282
  • Keywords: Demographic status, Intestinal parasite, Prevalence
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Thirteen primary schools from nine areas were randomly selected in the shantytown and apartment districts in İzmir. Fecal specimens were evaluated with native-lugol, formalin-ethyl-acetate sedimentation and with trichrome staining for protozoa and helminths and with cellophane tape for Enterobius vermicularis. Of the study group, 33.4% had one or more parasites. The most common parasite was Blastocystis hominis (14.6%) followed by Enterobius vermicularis (10.1%) and Giardia intestinalis (7.8%). When parasitic distribution was evaluated in association with demographic features, a significant relation was found between the income level and parasitic infection prevalence. Multiple parasitic infections were more prevalent in crowded families (either extended or with many children). When parasitic infection prevalences in the 9-10 and 11-12 years of age groups were compared, the probability in the shantytown primary school group was significantly higher than in the apartment group (p<0.05).