Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
ARAUJO, Núbia da Silva; RODRIGUES, Cristiane Teixeira and CURY, Márcia Cristina. Helminthes in sandboxes of day care centers of a city in southeastern Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.1, pp. 150-153. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102008000100021.
The objective of the study was to test for helminthes in sandboxes in day care centers in the city of Uberlândia, Southeastern Brazil in 2005. Fourteen private and 14 public day care centers with playgrounds were selected. One collection was carried out during the dry season (June and August), and the second one was in the rainy season (September and November). Samples were tested using Willis and Baermann methods. In the first collection, 17 (61%) day care centers were positive for helminthes larvae and 14 (50%) for eggs. In the second collection, 18 (64%) day care centers were positive for larvae and 10 (36%) for eggs. No influence of either season of the year or day care finance condition was seen.
Keywords : Helminthes; Sand; Recreation; Child day care centers; Child welfare; Child health.