Prevalence of intestinal parasites in children and domestic animals from two peri-urban neighborhoods in northeastern Argentina

Authors

  • Rumesilda E. Alegre Laboratorio de Biología de los Parásitos, Grupo de Investigación BioVyP. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2171-2501
  • María de los Ángeles Gómez Muñoz Centro de Estudios Parasitológicos y de Vectores (CEPAVE-CONICET-UNLP), La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2083-8858
  • Esteban J. Flores-Lacsi Laboratorio de Biología de los Parásitos, Grupo de Investigación BioVyP. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina https://orcid.org/0009-0009-6427-408X
  • María del Rosario Robles Centro de Estudios Parasitológicos y de Vectores (CEPAVE-CONICET-UNLP), La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4197-8040
  • Francisca Milano Laboratorio de Biología de los Parásitos, Grupo de Investigación BioVyP. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina https://orcid.org/0009-0006-3502-8910

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2023.404.12984

Keywords:

Child, domestic animals, parasitic intestinal diseases, prevalence, zoonoses, Argentina

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the prevalence of intestinal parasites in children and domestic animals from two peri-urban neighborhoods in Corrientes, Argentina. We also evaluated the characteristics of humans, socio-environmental features, and hygiene practices associated with the presence of parasites. Fecal samples were examined using techniques of concentration by sedimentation and flotation. The Graham method was used to diagnose Enterobius vermicularis eggs in children. We carried out the univariate and bivariate analysis of the data. We analyzed 58 dwellings, from which we obtained 146 stool samples from children and 101 from animals. We found at least one parasite
species in 54 dwellings (93.1%). We found that 52.7% of children had parasites, mainly Blastocystis spp. (35.6%) and Giardia spp. (21.2%). We found that 67.32% of the animals had parasites, the most prevalent species being hookworms (60.7%). In conclusion, it is evident that the domestic environment can favor the transmission of these parasites.

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2023-12-18

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Alegre RE, Gómez Muñoz M de los Ángeles, Flores-Lacsi EJ, Robles M del R, Milano F. Prevalence of intestinal parasites in children and domestic animals from two peri-urban neighborhoods in northeastern Argentina. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 18 [cited 2024 May 21];40(4):466. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/12984

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