Intestinal parasite control in an institution for developmentally handicapped adults

David Kawatu, R. A. MacLachlan, R. E M Lees

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An intestinal parasite eradication program consisting of antiparasitic drug treatment and hygiene measures was conducted at an Ontario residential facility for developmentally handicapped adults from October, 1989 to August, 1990. The prevalence of intestinal parasites in general was initially over 90% while that of pathogenic species was 59%. Six months later, overall prevalence and that of pathogenic species were reduced to 32.9% and 11%. In one subgroup, the reduction in the prevalence of pathogenic parasites was sustained for at least one year. However, the prevalence of nonpathogenic species was similar to the baseline level. Simultaneous treatment and application of hygiene measures appeared to be effective in reducing pathogenic intestinal parasites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-297
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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