LOAD OF TRICHIURIS TRICHIURA IN SOIL OF LAHORE’S SLUMS
Keywords:Slums, Pakistan, Prevalence, Trichuriasis, Trichiuris trichiura
A study was launched in slums of Lahore, Punjab from Nov 2010 to Oct 2012 to collect 3,600 soil samples. An accurate diagnosis technique “sodium hypochlorite(NaOCl)” was used. This technique plays an important role for monitoring the control programme and patient management. This technique is widely used in detection of helminth eggs from soil samples. The overall 2.25%
prevalence of Trichiuris trichiura was observed in contaminated soil samples collected from slums of Lahore. Area wise highest prevalence of T. trichiura was estimated 2.83% in Siddiqia Colony followed by Scheme No 2 (2.50%), Sheikhupura Road (2.67%), Bhutto Colony (2%) and by Missri Shah (1.83%) while the lowest was observed in Khairdin Park (1.67%) respectively. The month wise highest prevalence (5.33%) in October followed by (4%) in September that gradually declined in November
(1%) declined to (0.67%) in March in slums. Statistical analysis (Z-test) was applied to calculate prevalence rate.
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