Frequency of intestinal parasites in patients attended at a university hospital in Maceió, state of Alagoas, Brazil

Authors

  • José Rayron Oliveira de Araújo Centro Universitário Cesmac
  • Ramon Manoel Sabino Cavalcante Centro Universitário Cesmac
  • Antônio de Pádua Medeiros de Carvalho Neto Centro Universitário Cesmac
  • Karwhory Wallas Lins da Silva Centro Universitário Cesmac
  • Sandra Regina Guimarães Silva Centro Universitário Cesmac
  • José Rodrigo da Silva Ferreira Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Marília Gabriela dos Santos Cavalcanti Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas
  • Thiago José Matos-Rocha Centro Universitário Cesmac

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v36n6a2020-42376

Keywords:

Parasitic diseases, Protozoan infections, Helminthos infections.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to analyze the parasitological tests of a population at a public hospital in Maceió-AL. A descriptive study was made between January and July of 2015 analyzing the parasitological tests of a population at a public hospital in Maceió-AL. Variables such as gender, age, positive tests, protozoan species, helminths species and parasitic associations were analyzed. Out of 1.581 tests, 806 (51%) tested positive. Regarding gender, 535 (67%) were from women. Helminths were the most predominant infections (63.94%), compared to protozoans (36.06%). The Helminths with the highest number of infections were: Ascaris lumbricoides (93.23%), Trichuris trichiura (2.32%) and Enterobius vermicularis (1.26%). Among protozoans, Endolimax nana and Entamoeba coli corresponded to 78.09% and 15.91% respectively. Although non pathogenic, it suggests fecal contamination. According to the degree of parasitism, 84.0% were monoparasitism. It can be concluded that the number of positive tests for enteroparasites was high, mainly in men. The species A. lumbricoides was the main helminth detected, while E. nana was the main protozoan found in the tests. The age group between 24 and 59 years old was the one that had the highest amount of positive tests. The results observed strengthen the need for the implementation of prevention measures for intestinal parasitic infections. 

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Published

2020-12-16

How to Cite

ARAÚJO, J.R.O. de ., CAVALCANTE, R.M.S.., CARVALHO NETO, A. de P.M. de ., SILVA, K.W.L. da ., SILVA, S.R.G.., FERREIRA, J.R. da S., CAVALCANTI, M.G. dos S.. and MATOS-ROCHA, T.J.., 2020. Frequency of intestinal parasites in patients attended at a university hospital in Maceió, state of Alagoas, Brazil. Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 2266–2274. [Accessed14 July 2024]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v36n6a2020-42376. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/42376.

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Section

Health Sciences