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Intestinal parasitic infections and determinant factors among school-age children in Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Authors
  • Dessie, Awrajaw1
  • Gebrehiwot, Tesfay Gebregzabher2
  • Kiros, Berihu2
  • Wami, Sintayehu Daba1
  • Chercos, Daniel Haile1
  • 1 University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia , Gondar (Ethiopia)
  • 2 Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia , Mekelle (Ethiopia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Research Notes
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Nov 28, 2019
Volume
12
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-019-4759-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

ObjectiveThis study aimed to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections and associated factors among school-age children in Sebeya primary school, northern Ethiopia, 2017.ResultsThe prevalence of intestinal parasites in school-age children was (29.9%). A total of six parasites were detected in this study. E. histolytica/dispar 19.43% (82/422) and G. lamblia 8.29% (35/422) were the predominant ones. Unclean fingernail (AOR = 1.72), defecating in the open field (AOR = 2.82), and being barefooted (AOR = 1.72) were the determinant factors for intestinal parasitic infections. Frequently washing hands reduced the chance of infections by 68%. Furthermore, children in grade 1–4 and 5–6 had higher odds developing the infections than those in grade 7–8 (AOR = 8.21 and AOR = 2.50, respectively).

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