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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1982 Jun;20(1):38-42. Korean.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1982.20.1.38
Copyright © 1982 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
The status of intestinal protozoan infections in inhabitants of Gangweon-Do, Korea
Suk-il Kim,Shin-Yong Kang,Seung Yull Cho,Seok-Rok Ahn and In-Soo Han
Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Korea.
The Korean Association for Parasite Eradication, Korea.
Abstract

To evaluate the status of intestinal protozoan infections in inhabitants of Gangweon-Do, Korea, a total of 1,310 stool specimens (male 669, female 641) was collected from 2 cities and 3 counties. They were examined routinely 1 time by the method of formalin-ether sedimentation technique. The results were as follows:

1. The positive rate for any kind of the intestinal protozoan cysts was 8.9%.

2. A total of 6 kinds of the intestinal protozoan cysts were detected. The prevalence rate of each protozoa were; E. histolytica 0.8%, E. coli 7.6%, E. nana 1.4%, I. butschlii 0.2%, G. lamblia 0.5% and C. mesnili 0.5%.

3. Sogcho-city showed the highest positive rate as 15.2%, Myeongju county was the next as 11.3% and Weonju-city showed the lowest positive rate as low as 3.9%.

4. By age, the highest positive rate was found in 20~29 age group(12.4%). Female (9.5%) showed a slight higher positive rate than male (8.4%).

Tables


Table 1
Prevalence rate of the intestinal protozoan cysts according to surveyed area in Gangweon-Do


Table 2
Prevalence rate of the intestinal protozoan cysts according to age and sex in inhabitants of Gangweon-Do

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