Prevalence of hookworm infection evaluated with Willis flotation and Formal Ethyl Acetate concentration: A field study in Da Nang, Vietnam
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Hookworm infection can cause nausea, stomach pain and anemia, with the most harmful effect being found among women of reproductive age and children. The infection rates is high in poor parts of the world with a high number of infected in Asia. The infection is many times neglected since it rarely causes mortality, however the morbidity can be destructive. In Vietnam the prevalence of hookworm is largely unknown, but there is believed to be a 29-80 % infection rate in the country. Through a field study in Da Nang, Vietnam, the prevalence of hookworm was identified using two methods, Willis flotation and formal ethyl acetate concentration. Any correlation between hookworm infection and individuals’ gender, age and geographic area was evaluated. A total of 101 consecutive selected samples from hospitals and communities in rural and urban parts of the city were obtained from both gender ranging between 1-72 years in age. No quantitative differences were found between the two methods nor any correlation between genders (p-value 0,143). The overall prevalence was 16,8%. The rural part of the city showed a higher infection rate in contrast to the urban districts (p-value 0,001). Individuals in the age group 25-48 showed a higher infection rate in contrast to the other age groups (p-value 0,035).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 25 p.
Parasitologi, Hakmask, laboratorievetenskap, MFS, Hookworm, Vietnam
Natural Sciences Medical and Health Sciences Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30843ISRN: JU-HHJ-BLA-1-20160025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30843DiVA: diva2:942141
Subject / course
HHJ, Biomedical Laboratory Science
Strindhall, Jan, LektorVan, Cao
Faresjö, Maria, Professor