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Journal Article
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Wong, Michael S.; Simeon,Donald T.; Powell, Christine A.; Grantham-McGregor, Sally M.
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Tropical Metabolism Research Unit
Article Title
Geohelminth infections in school-aged children in Jamaica
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West Indian Medical Journal
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Date of Publication
1994
Volume ID
43
Issue ID
4
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121-122
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Abstract
Reports the results of three surveys conducted in Jamaican primary schools located in areas at high risk for geohelminthiasis. The first was conducted in 12 Kingston schools and comprised children in grades 2 to 5 (aged 7 to 10 years). The second and third surveys were conducted in rural areas with children in grades 2 to 5 and grades 4 and 5, respectively. Overall, 9244 children provided stool samples for analysis. The prevalence of Trichuris trichiura ranged from 42% to 47% among the surveys while that for Ascaris lumbricoides ranged from 15% to 37%. Children in grades 2 and 3 had lower T. trichiura prevalences than those in grades 4 and 5 in the first and second surveys (p < 0.05 and p < 0.005, respectively). In the second survey only, children in grades 2 and 3 had a lower prevalence of A. lumbricoides than those in grades 4 and 5 (p < 0.005). Most infections were light with approximately 1% of the sample having heavy egg densities.....
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