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Prevalence and risk factors for intestinal parasites in food handlers, southern Brazil.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of environmental health research
Publication Date
Volume
24
Issue
5
Pages
450–458
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2013.857392
PMID: 24256564
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Food Handling
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors

Abstract

In this study, the prevalence and risk factors for enteroparasites were determined in food handlers from Maringá, Paraná State, southern Brazil. Fecal and subungual materials of 150 street food vendors were analyzed by the methods of Lutz, Faust, and Mello, respectively. A questionnaire on hygiene and sanitary conditions of the workplace and of domicile was applied. The prevalence of enteroparasites was 28%, and the protozoa infection was more expressive (21.3%) than by helminths (6.7%), but without significant difference (p > 0.05). Entamoeba coli was the most frequent species occurring in 15.3%, while the prevalence of protozoa pathogenic was low (Giardia lamblia: 2.7% and Entamoeba histolytica: 0.7%). The subungual material presented negative results. The presence of pets in domiciles has increased twice the risk of infection. The working conditions of the majority of street food vendors were inappropriate. The results highlight the need for more rigorous programs of continuing education, parasitological examination every six months, and health surveillance. In this way, the quality of the service provided to the population can be improved and the transmission of food-borne diseases can be prevented.

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