Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SOUZA, Paula Andreza de Carvalho et al. Occurrence of enteroparasitosis in carriers of mental disease assisted at São Marcello Nursing Home in Aracaju, Sergipe State. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, suppl.1, pp.1081-1084. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000700015.
The interhuman transmission, low level of personal hygiene, coprophagic habits, among others, may contribute to the dissemination of enteroparasitosis in individuals with mental diseases. The object of this paper was to verify the occurrence of enteroparasitosis in individuals with mental diseases assisted at São Marcello Nursing Home in Aracaju, Sergipe State, in the period between February and May at 2006, and track epidemiological aspects of the transmission. So, coproparasitologic exams were performed, and samples were manipulated by Hoffmann, Pons or Janner (1932) technique. The epidemiological data was obtained from questionnaires applied to the legal responsible for each individual. There were 62.22% of patients infected by at least one parasite. Inadequacies regarding sanitation, habitation and habits of personal hygiene were also observed. This study stressed the importance of a constant monitoring of parasitisms and the continuous observance of the conditions that favor their transmission.
Keywords : Mental diseases; Enteroparasitosis; Epidemiology.