Association of Geohelminth Infections in Institutionalized Children
Tudor Rareş O. Olariu1, Andrea Ildikó Koreck2, and Cristina Petrescu3
1 Department of Parasitology, Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timişoara, Romania
2 Department of Dermatology and Allergology, University of Szeged, Hungary
3 Department of Hygiene, Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania
Corresponding author: Tudor Rareş Olariu, MD, PhD,
Department of Parasitology, Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Piaţa Eftimie Murgu nr.2
1900 Timişoara, Romania
CEJOEM 2004, Vol.10. No.1.: 41–45
Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, geohelminth infections, ascariasis, trichuriasis, soil-transmitted helminth, institutionalized children
The prevalence of parasitic diseases was investigated in a Romanian children care unit. The
stool of 173 institutionalized children was examined. Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris
trichiura were identified in 49 (28.32%), and 38 (21.96%) cases, respectively. The prevalence
of other parasitic diseases was also evaluated. Giardia lamblia, Enterobius
vermicularis, Hymenolepis nana, and Entamoeba coli were also diagnosed.
Association of geohelminths Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura was found
in 31 children, representing 63.26% of Ascaris and 81.57% of Trichuris infections.
Clinical and laboratory examinations were conducted to investigate the presence of symptoms and
eosinophilia in patients with helminth infections. Finally we evaluated the efficacy of
albendazole in the therapy of ascariasis and trichuriasis.
Received: 1 August 2003
Accepted: 12 January 2004
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