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Author Wang, Lian Chen
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2004
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Abstract In order to determine whether there are changing patterns in intestinal parasitic infections among foreign laborers in North Taiwan, one fecal specimen was obtained from each of 1,569 laborers and examined by the formalin-ethyl acetate sedimentation technique. The prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections was 8.2%. Females (11.7%) had a significantly higher prevalence than males (6.9%), although there was no significant difference between Filipinos (7.7%), Thais (8.3%) and Indonesians (12.5%). Blastocystis hominis (3.4%) had the highest prevalence among the nine species of parasites detected. The significantly higher prevalence of B. hominis in the entry examination indicates an increasing trend in incoming Southeast Asian laborers. In addition, the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections has become extremely low. Female laborers had a significantly higher positive rate. Although Opisthorchis viverrini/Clonorchis sinensis remains prevalent among Thais, the positive rate was also significantly reduced. These epidemiological patterns are different from those observed in previous studies and may be attributed to the long-term and constant movement of the foreign laborers.
ISSN 09320113
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2003-10-30
Publisher Place Berlin/Heidelberg
e-ISSN 14321955
Journal Parasitology Research
Volume Number 92
Issue Number 1
Page Count 4
Starting Page 18
Ending Page 21


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