Status of intestinal helminthic infections of borderline residents in North Korea.

Shunyu Li, Chenghua Shen, Min Ho Choi, Young Mee Bae, Hiwon Yoon, Sung Tae Hong

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The present authors investigated intestinal parasitic infections among North Korean residents and refugees in China in 2003. The Kato-Katz method was applied to 236 residents and soldiers in a town on the North Korea-China border and to 46 people at a refugee camp in China. Only eggs of Ascaris and Trichuris were detected, with egg positive rates of 41.1% and 37.6%, respectively. The total egg positive rate was 55.0% and most of those who were egg positive were only lightly infected. Women of 61.2% and men of 53.1% were egg positive. The refugees from rural areas showed higher egg positive rates than those from urban areas. The present investigation confirmed high prevalence of soil-transmitted intestinal helminths in rural borderline areas of North Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-268
Number of pages4
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006

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