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We studied the prevalence and risk factors for pinworm infection in children attending the kindergarten of Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand, using the Scotch-tape technique. Slides were examined by a standard light microscope; 20% of negative slides were reexamined for quality control. Symptoms and risk factor data were collected using a structured questionnaire. Three hundred thirty children age 3 to 6 years old were sampled (males=159). Sixty-five (19.7%) had symptoms consistent with pinworm infection. No pinworm eggs were detected. Most parents (73%) had a good socioeconomic status and 64% were university graduates. Pinworm infection may be uncommon in urban Thailand.

Type

Journal article

Journal

The southeast asian journal of tropical medicine and public health

Publication Date

03/2010

Volume

41

Pages

306 - 310

Addresses

Department of Preclinical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand. pethleart@yahoo.com

Keywords

Humans, Enterobiasis, Questionnaires, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Chi-Square Distribution, Child, Child, Preschool, Urban Population, Thailand, Female, Male