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dc.contributor.authorUsuanlele, Mary-Theresa
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-11T17:47:03Z
dc.date.available2012-10-11T17:47:03Z
dc.date.issued2012-10-11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/4119
dc.description.abstractBackground: Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are endemic in Honduras but their impact on children’s health is not well studied. Objectives: To evaluate the prevalence and intensity of STH infections and their association with nutrition and growth in a sample of Honduran children. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was done among Honduran rural school-age children in 2011. Blood and stool samples and anthropometric measurements were obtained to determine nutritional status, STH infection and growth status, respectively. Results: The STH prevalence among 320 studied children was 72.5%. Prevalence by species was 30%, 67% and 16% for Ascaris, Trichuris and 16% hookworms, respectively. High intensity infections were associated with decreased growth scores but regardless of intensity, co-infections negatively affected growth indicators. Conclusions: The health burden of STH infections is related to high parasitic load but also to the presence of low-intensity concurrent infections. The synergistic effects of polyparasitism in underprivileged children warrants more attention.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectSoil-transmitted helminths, nutrition, growth, school-age children, Hondurasen_US
dc.titleSoil-Transmitted Helminth Infections, Nutrition and Growth in School-age Children from Rural Communities in Hondurasen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.Sc. Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Health Sciences Programen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.embargo.termsNoneen_US
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