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We studied gastrointestinal parasites in symptomatic Cambodian children attending a provincial hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia between 2006 and 2011. A total of 16 372 faecal samples were examined by direct microscopy. Parasites were detected in 3121 (19.1%) samples and most common were Giardia lamblia (8.0% of samples; 47.6% disease episodes), hookworm (5.1%; 30.3%) and Strongyloides stercoralis (2.6%; 15.6%). The proportion of infected children increased, and the number of disease episodes effectively treated with a single dose of mebendazole decreased, over the 5-year period.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/tropej/fms024

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of tropical pediatrics

Publication Date

12/2012

Volume

58

Pages

509 - 512

Addresses

Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, 420/6 Ratchawithi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. catrin@tropmedres.ac

Keywords

Feces, Animals, Humans, Strongyloides stercoralis, Ancylostomatoidea, Giardia lamblia, Strongyloidiasis, Hookworm Infections, Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic, Giardiasis, Mebendazole, Antinematodal Agents, Treatment Outcome, Retrospective Studies, Child, Preschool, Infant, Asian Continental Ancestry Group, Cambodia, Female, Male