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Title: Prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among food vendors in the Atwima Nwabiegya district in the Ashanti region of Ghana
Authors: Tay, Samuel Crowther Kofi
Akpatason, Bernice Esere
Basing, Anthony Wihibeturo
Keywords: Intestinal Parasites
Food Vendors
Prevalence
Ghana
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Scienc Journal of Public Health
Citation: Scienc Journal of Public Health, X(X); XX-XX
Abstract: Background: Intestinal parasitic infections are common worldwide, with a high prevalence in developing countries. Food vendors can be a medium for transfer of these parasites as contamination of food by infected food vendors in the process of food preparation can result in the transmission of intestinal parasites to food consumers leading to foodborne diseases. Aim: This study was aimed at determining the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections among food vendors in the Atwima Nwabiegya District of the Ashanti region. Methodology: 600 stool samples were collected randomly from food vendors in the Atwima Nwabiegya District. Each stool sample was processed using the direct wet mount, formol-ether sedimentation technique and floatation methods in accordance with standard protocols. Results: The prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections from the study was 19.10%, and infection with intestinal protozoa was higher (11.30%) than infection with intestinal helminths [7.80%]. Common parasites were Intestinal flagellates, Strongyloides stersoralis, Hookworm, Taenia spp, Dicrocoelium dendriticum and Schistosoma mansoni with prevalence rate of 59%, 21%, 7%, 5%, 5% and 3% respectively. From the study, protozoan infection was higher among food vendors in urban centres than rural centres whilst infection with intestinal helminths was higher among food vendors in rural centres than in urban centres. Conclusion: The study revealed a high prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection among food vendors, and factors influencing the incidence of infection were lack of access to safe drinking water, lack of proper toilet facilities and lack of deworming program.
Description: This article was published in the Science Journal of Public Health, 2014, X(X): XX-XX
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7072
ISSN: 2328-7942
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