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      Prevalence of intestinal coccidian in preschool children from San Felix City, Venezuela Translated title: Prevalencia de coccidios intestinales en niños pre-escolares de San Félix, Venezuela


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          Many epidemiological aspects of intestinal coccidiosis in Bolivar State are not known. There are no studies done in apparently health children. The purpose of this study was to determine intestinal coccidian prevalence in preschool children attending the S.E.U. Teresa de la Parra preschool located in San Felix, Bolivar State, Venezuela. The universe included 109 children, and 73 were included in the study. A spontaneous evacuation fecal sample was collected from each child, preserved in 10% formaldehyde, and analyzed by a formaldehyde-ether technique, and Kinyoun stain. Sixty seven percent of the universe was evaluated (73/109). Eighty seven point seven percent of the children were infected by some parasite and/or commensal. Ten enteroparasite species were diagnosed, and Blastocystis hominis (37%) and Giardia lamblia (27.4%) were the most frequent of the protozoa. Among the helminthes, the most common were Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura with 35.6% each. Prevalence of intestinal coccidian was 10.9% and Cryptosporidium spp. was the only one diagnosed in eight cases (10.9%). The infection did not show any age predilection, but there was a gender bias, since 87.5% of those infected were females. Only three of the cases (37.5%) with Cryptosporidum spp. had diarrhea. In conclusion, a relative high rate of intestinal coccidiosis in the preschool children evaluated was determined.

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          En el estado Bolívar se desconocen muchos aspectos epidemiológicos de las coccidiosis intestinales. En niños aparentemente sanos no se tiene ningún estudio. El objetivo del trabajo fue determinar la prevalencia de coccidios intestinales en niños matriculados en el pre-escolar U.E.E. Teresa de la Parra de San Félix, estado Bolívar. El universo fue de 109 niños y la muestra estudiada de 73. Se obtuvo una muestra fecal por evacuación espontánea de cada pre-escolar, la cual fue preservada en formol al 10% y analizada mediante la técnica formol-éter y coloración de Kinyoun. Se evaluó el 67% del universo (73/109). El 87,7% de los niños estaba infectado por algún parásito y/o comensal. Se diagnosticaron un total de 10 especies de enteroparásitos, siendo Blastocystis hominis con 37% y Giardia lamblia con 27,4% los más frecuentes, dentro de los protozoarios. Entre los helmintos los más comunes fueron Ascaris lumbricoides y Trichuris trichiura con 35,6% cada uno. La prevalencia de coccidios intestinales fue 10,9%, siendo Cryptosporidium sp. el único diagnosticado con 8 casos (10,9%). La infección no tuvo predilección por la edad pero si con relación al género, siendo el femenino el más afectado (87,5%). Sólo en tres de los casos (37,5%) con Cryptosporidium sp. se presentó diarrea. En conclusión, se determinó una prevalencia relativamente elevada de coccidiosis intestinal en los preescolares evaluados.

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                Revista de la Sociedad Venezolana de Microbiología
                Rev. Soc. Ven. Microbiol.
                Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Venezolana de Microbiología. (Caracas, DF, Venezuela )
                June 2010
                : 30
                : 1
                : 61-64
                [01] Bolívar Bolívar orgnameUniversidad de Oriente orgdiv1Departamento de Parasitología y Microbiología orgdiv2Escuela de Ciencias de la Salud Venezuela
                S1315-25562010000100012 S1315-2556(10)03000112


                : 16 November 2009
                : 01 April 2010
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                Cryptosporidium,Coccidios intestinales,pre-escolares,Intestinal coccidian,preschool children


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