APH 2002, 60, 363-370:

Prevalence of intestinal parasites in three localities in Gaza Governorates Palestine.

AI. Agha Rodina, I. Teodorescu

Keywords: intestinal parasites, Ascaris lumbricoides, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia intestinalis

This study was carried out among urban, rural and refugee camp populations in three localities (Rimal, Jabalia Village, Jabalia Refugee Camp), in Gaza Governorates Palestine. School children between 6 and 11 years old were examined. The prevalence of intestinal parasites among 309 school children was higher in the rural area (53.3%) and the Refugee Camp (48.0%) than in urban areas (33.0%). Many cases of polyparasitism were detected, especially in the rural area. The main intestinal parasites were E. histolytica, G. intestinalis and A. lumbricoides, with a high prevalence level. Prevalence levels of T. trichiura and H. nana were low in all investigated localities.