Dr. Showkat Hussain Rather and Dr. Aabid Hussain Rather
Department of Zoology and Applied Aquaculture, Barkatullah University, Bhopal
Present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of parasitic infestation and types of intestinal parasites in rural school going children of South-Western area of Kashmir Valley. It included students from first standard to Class X. Among the 130 participating children, 60 46.15% had parasitic infestation. Out of 60 infected children (46.15%) school children were infected with different types of parasites (either protozoa, helminths or mixed). Among all infected children (n=60), single parasitic infection was detected in 52 (86.66%) children, while 8 (13.33%) children had mixed infection. Among helminthic parasites, Ascaris was the most common (24%), followed by Gairdia (7.5%), Trichuris (5%), Taenia (1.5%) and E. histolytica (1%). Gender-wise, there was moderate statistical difference in prevalence of parasitic infection in all age groups. Present study suggests the need of proper health awareness program in schools along with regular screening for intestinal parasites and treatment for effective management of the intestinal parasites.
Keywords: Prevalence, Parasitic Infection, School children, Kashmir