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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 143-147

Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among university female students, Gaza, Palestine

1 Medical Laboratory Sciences Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, Palestine
2 Biological Sciences, from Faculty of Science, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, Palestine
3 Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre and Biomedical Research Centre School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, UK

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Prof. Adnan Al-Hindi
PhD, Professor in Medical Parasitology, Fellow-RCR, USA and Jordan, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Islamic University of Gaza, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences Department, P.O.Box 108, Gaza.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajm.AJM_8_19

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Background: The intestinal parasites are still endemic among children, women, and men in Gaza Strip. Objectives: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of intestinal parasites among young female students of Islamic University of Gaza to report the existence and prevalence of intestinal parasites. Methods: A total of 305 stool samples were collected from female students in all faculties and were examined by wet mount and formal ether sedimentation technique. Results: This study showed that the overall prevalence of intestinal parasites was 20.6%. The detected intestinal parasites were as follows: Entamoeba histolytica/dispar (7.5%), Giardia lamblia (4.9%), Ascaris lumbricoides (0.3%), Entamoeba coli (2.6%), Dientamoeba fragilis (1.0%), and Blastocystis hominis (3.9%). Science students showed the highest prevalence for parasitic infections (35.3%), and married students (16.7%) had higher prevalence than single students (6.5%). Conclusion: It was concluded that female students also are under risk of gaining parasitic infection in spite of their education. It is recommended that university students should be subjected to regular medical examinations for parasitic infections.

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