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Albuquerque, R., Dreyer, G., Freire, E., Gonçalves, F., Medeiros, Z. & Coutinho. A.

COPROLOGIC SURVEY IN SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT RECIFE - BRAZIL.

Revista de Medicina Militar, 43(11): 620-626, julho-dezembro, 1992.

SUMMARY

Parasitological stool examinations were done in 1.081 soldiers from the several barracks localized in Recife, Olinda, Jaboatão and Araçoiaba – Brazil. Hoffmann technique was the method employed, analyzing one sample from each subject. A total of 643 (59,5%) positive samples were found, in which 315 (48,9%) had only helminths, 180 (27,9%) only protozoa and 148 (23,0%) presented both group of parasites. Among helminths, Ascaris lumbricoides had the highest percentage (57,9%) followed by Trichuris trichiura (31,3%), Hookworms (26,5%), Schistosoma mansoni (13,8%), Strongyloides stercoralis (9,0%), Hymenolepis nana (2,8%) and Taenia ssp(0,6%). Regarding to protozoa, Entamoeba coli was positive in 66,4%, followed byEndolimax nana (26,8%), Giardia intestinais (15,5%) and Entamoeba histolytica (0,6%). The authors discuss the findings and briefly review the literature, pointed out the studies carried out in Brazil.