Researchers in Turkey report on 25-year parasite surveillance: significant reduction recent years

Researchers in Turkey studying results from examination of 111,889 stool samples report an overall prevalence of 5% (5486/111,889) in stool samples examined.  The majority of positive samples showed Giardia, with Ascaris lumbricoides, and Blastocystis hominis: 16%, 7%, and 6%, respectively. Between 2000 and 2012, a highly significant reduction in general parasite prevalence was determined, compared to the 1988 and 2000 time period (p<0.001).  The study was published in the Turkish Journal of Parasitology.

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