Intestinal Parasitosis and Socioeconomical Conditions in locations of Fernandez Feo Municipality, Tachira, Venezuela*

Autores: Arria Melissa, Medina Miguel, Rodríguez Morales Alfonso J


*This work was previously presented in part as a poster at the XVIth International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Marseille, France, September 11-15, 2005. (Poster P330). Poor socioeconomic-demographic, environmental health and hygiene conditions play a major role in intestinal parasites and diarrhea occurrence. Ascaris, trichocephalus, Necator -all of which are human parasites-- are closely linked to fecal peril and especially prevalent among populations in developing countries, where fecal hygiene is insufficient or lacking. Epidemiological surveys seeking to evaluate the frequency of the various intestinal helminths are usually intermittent, few in number, and especially difficult to compare because of the different coprological techniques used. However this may be, the respective prevalence of these worms depends on geographical, climatic, economic, and human conditions. Their effect on health is not negligible, especially on children's health and in particular when malnutrition also occurs. To fight effectively against these verminoses, education and economic development must be promoted, but the present situation of the economy in most developing countries is postponing indefinitely the fight against fecal peril especially as its control is not seen as a priority. We evaluated Fernandez Feo Municipality locations, Táchira, Venezuela (Figure 1), between 2002 and 2003, in regard to intestinal parasitosis and socioeconomical conditions. Two different surveys were applied in studied period. A passive data collection and an active survey giving instructions for voluntary submission of stools for coproparasitological examination were performed.

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Vol. 5 Núm.1. Enero-Marzo 2007 Pags. 45-47. Acta Cient Estud 2007; 5(1)