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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1986 Dec;24(2):213-215. Korean.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1986.24.2.213
Copyright © 1986 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
A survey on intestinal parasites of soldiers in Korea
Sung Tae Hong
Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, 110, Korea.

Total of 2,643 Korean soldiers were examined of their stool for parasitic infections by both cellophane thick smear and formalin-ether concentration techniques from August 1983 to December 1985. Out of them, 73.6% were free from any parasite, 22.6% were ova positive and 4.0% cyst positive. The ova positive rates by species were Ascaris lumbricoides 2.0%, Trichuris trichiura 13.0%, hookworm and Trichostrongylus orientalis 0.08% respectively, Clonorchis sinensis 7.6%, Metagonimus yokogawai 1.1%, Paragonimus westermani 0.08%, Echinostoma hortense 0.04%, Fibricola seoulensis 0.9%, Taenia sp. 0.3%, Hymenolepis nana 0.2% and H. diminuta 0.04%. Most of them (87.3%) were positive by a species, 11.9% by two and 0.8% by 3 species. The cyst positive rates were Entamoeba histolytica 0.6%, E. coli 1.4%, Endolimax nana 1.7%, Iodoameba butschlii 0.04% and Giardia lambla 0.9%. Among the cyst positives, 89.5% were positive by a species, 7.6% by two and 0.5% by 3 species. The intestinal parasite infections among the Korean soldiers decreased distinctly compared with previous data.


Table 1
Helminths ova positive rates among military persons (1983~1985)

Table 2
Cyst positive rates among military prersons (1983~1985)

Table 3
Summarized positive rates of ova and cysts in Korean soldiers

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