Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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NOLLA, Alexandre Costa and CANTOS, Geny Aparecida. Relationship between intestinal parasites in food handlers and epidemiological factors in the city of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.2, pp. 641-645. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2005000200033.
The presence of intestinal parasites and epidemiological aspects were evaluated in 238 workers from a fast food company and other individuals working in street markets and farmers' produce markets in the city of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State, Brazil. Parasitological techniques used in this study were: Lutz, Baermann-Moraes, Graham, and Faust, and parasite infection rates were 42.85% and 47.06%, respectively. Socioeconomic factors such as income distribution, schooling, and occupational categories proved to be relevant in this context. Habitual daily intake of fruits and vegetables was the factor most heavily associated with infection. These data suggest that intestinal parasites are frequent among food handlers in this city and that there is a need for constant epidemiological surveillance through periodic parasitological tests and health education for this entire population segment.
Keywords : Food Handling; Parasitic Diseases; Parasitological Analysis.