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Revista de Saúde Pública

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Abstract

LEVAI, Eduardo Virgilio et al. Research into the transmission of helminthic eggs and protozoan cysts on money. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1986, vol.20, n.1, pp. 33-36. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101986000100004.

Due to the high prevalence of intestinal parasitic diseases in Brazil and to the fact that inanimate objects may play an important role in their transmission, it was decided to carry out an investigation into the existence of helminthic eggs and protozoan cysts in money currently handled by the community. A thousand and three banknotes and 1,011 coins of different origins were analysed, yielding the following results. Entamoeba histolytica cysts were found twice, and fertile and infertile Ascaris lumbricoides eggs and one intact Taenia sp. egg, besides other nonpathogenic elements, were also found. The importance of the handling of money in the epidemiology of common intestinal parasitic diseases is emphasized and it is suggested that further similar studies should be carried out; possible means of prevention are also indicated.

Keywords : Helminthiasis [transmission]; Protozoan, infections [transmission].

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