Survey finds 93% of Nicaraguan children positive for at least one parasitic infection

Researchers studyng fecal samples collected at random from 382 children age 2-15 years report that 93% of the samples tested positive for at least one parasitic infection.  Females were more likely to present with multiple parasitic infections (85.4%, 326/382, p=0.001).  Rural background and age status (6-11) were also positively associated with infection probability, as were drinking river water.  Walking barefoot was positively associated with hookworm infection.  Abstract available at NIH Pubmed server.

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