Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
PEDRAZZANI, Elisete Silva et al. Intestinal helminthiasis: II - Prevalence, correlation with income, family size, anemia and nutritional status. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1988, vol.22, n.5, pp.384-389. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101988000500003.
This survey analises the prevalence of the intestinal helminthiasis and their correlation with anemia, nutritional status, income and family size in school children in Santa Eudóxia (S. Carlos, SP, Brazil). Results achieved by the Lutz method performed on fecal samples from a total of 254 children showed a prevalence of 12.1% for Ascaris lumbricoides, 3.7% for ancylostomideo, 4.8% for Trichuris trichiura and 3.7% for Hymenolepis nana. The highest level of infestation (51.9%) occurred in the 8 to 12-year age groups. An incidence of 9.3% of anemia and 14.4% of malnutrition was detected. Only one of the associations studied was statistically significant - that between helminthiasis and family size.
Keywords : Helminthiasis [occurrence]; Health surveys; Anemia [occurrence]; Nutritional status; Income; Family characteristics; Feces [analysis].