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RMJ. 2018; 43(2): 200-204


Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan

Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam.

Abstract
Objective: To determine the prevalence of worm infections and its various types in patients presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan
Methodology: This cross sectional study was conducted in the Department of Medicine, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad. A total of 255 adults with suspicion of worm infection above 15 years of age were enrolled in a period of 3 months from August 27, 2016 to November 26, 2016. They were investigated through stool R/E separately on three consecutive days. Patients with a history of antihelminthic drugs in the past 2 months were excluded.
Results: Out of 255 patients, 103 (40.7%) were between 15-30 years and 114 (44.7%) between 31-50 years of age. 146 (57.3%) patients were female. Most of patients (n=149; 58.4%) belonged to urban area. Bore was drinking source in 120 (47.0%) patients. Overall, 131 (51.3%) patients had positive worm infection with Ascaris as most frequent (n=81;31.7%) followed by Taenia species (n=36;14.1%). Female gender and age between 31 and 50 years was found more prevalent with worm infection. Chashma and well drinking source was found significantly associated with worm infection (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The prevalence of worm infection is quite high in Pakistani community, with Ascaris and Taenia spp leading types.

Key words: Worm infestation, prevalence, types of infestation


 
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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam. Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ. 2018; 43(2): 200-204.


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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam. Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ. 2018; 43(2): 200-204.



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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam. Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ. (2018), [cited March 22, 2019]; 43(2): 200-204.



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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam (2018) Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ, 43 (2), 200-204.



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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam. 2018. Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 43 (2), 200-204.



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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam. "Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 43 (2018), 200-204.



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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam. "Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 43.2 (2018), 200-204. Print.



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Tehzeeb Zehra, Rahila Amir, Tahir Iqbal, Ayesha Maryam (2018) Prevalence of helminthic infection in adult population presenting in a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 43 (2), 200-204.








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