Intestinal parasites in children hospitalized at the Central Hospital in Maputo, Mozambique

  • Ana Maria Fonseca Unidade de Clínica Tropical, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Natercia Fernandes Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
  • Filipa S Ferreira Unidade de Clínica Tropical, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Joana Gomes Unidade de Clínica Tropical, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Sónia Centeno-Lima Unidade de Clínica Tropical, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Abstract

Introduction: Intestinal parasites are important contributors to the global disease burden, especially in children of low-income countries.

The present study determined the frequency of intestinal parasites in children hospitalized at the diarrhea section of the Infectious-Contagious Diseases ward and at the Malnutrition ward of the Department of Pediatrics of the Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique.

Methodology: This pilot study conducted between February and March 2009 enrolled a total of 93 children between 1.5 and 48.2 months of age; 87.1% were younger than 24 months. Parasite detection in stool samples was achieved using direct microscopic observation and Ritchie’s concentration technique.

Results: Infection with pathogenic intestinal parasites was detected in 16.1% (15/93) of the children. Giardia duodenalis and Trichuris trichiura were the most common parasites (6.5%, 6/93 each), followed by Ascaris lumbricoides (2.2%, 2/93). One case of mixed infection with A. lumbricoides plus T. trichiura was also detected.

Conclusion: This study reinforces the importance of routinely examining stool samples for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites (including protozoa) in children hospitalized in endemic areas.

Published
2014-06-11
How to Cite
Fonseca A, Fernandes N, Ferreira F, Gomes J, Centeno-Lima S (2014) Intestinal parasites in children hospitalized at the Central Hospital in Maputo, Mozambique. The Journal Of Infection In Developing Countries 8 (06): 786-789. https://doi.org/10.3855/jidc.3916
Section
Brief Original Articles

Keywords

intestinal parasites; children; Mozambique