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Food habit-wise prevalance percentage of Enteric parasites in the human population of Samastipur town, North Bihar, (India)

Satyendra Kumar1, Meena Kumari2 & Om Krishna Sinha3
1. Head of the Deptt. of Zoology, S.N.S. College, Hajipur, Bihar, INDIA.
2. Lecturer, B.Ed. Section, Nalanda Open University, Patna, Bihar.
3. Head of the Deptt. of Zoology, B.M.D. College, Dayalpur, Vaishali, Bihar.
Received: 28th November, 2008; Revised 6th January, 2009.

Abstract : Single stool samples of 20011 human subjects of the human population of Samastipur town were examined on the basis of their food habit and their prevalence percentage was recorded. It was observed that while the general prevalence rate of infection was 66.67 percent, it was 58.55 percent in the non-vegetarians and 41.45 percent in the vegetarians. Sex-wise, among the non-vegetarians 70.39 males and 64.92 females and among the vegetarians 66.81 males and 60.86 females were infested with intestinal parasites. Among the protozoan parasites E. histolytica and among the helminthes Round worm showed the highest prevalence rate.


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