Prevalence of oxyuriasis in kindergartens of Isfahan, Iran


Saeid Abedi 1 , * , Shahrokh Eezadi 2 , Behrouz Davari 3

1 Department of Microbiology, Azad University of Flavarjan.

2 Department of Parasitology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Department of Microbiology, Kordestan University of Medical Sciences.

How to Cite: Abedi S, Eezadi S, Davari B. Prevalence of oxyuriasis in kindergartens of Isfahan, Iran, Hormozgan Med J. 2004 ; 8(1):e90602.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 8 (1); e90602
Published Online: January 06, 2004
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 07, 2003
Accepted: January 06, 2004


Introduction: Oxyuriasis is an important parasitological diseases especially in
children. The most striking symptom of the infection is pruritus. Some other
symptoms are nocturia, sleepiness, insomnia, nightmares, intestinal pain and
convulsion. Since the female worms migrate to annus to deposit their eggs, stool
exam is usually negative for worms egg, but scotch tape test is the best method to
demonstrate the infection. This study tried to detect oxyuriasis rate in Isfahan
Methods: In this descriptive study, using stratified sampling method, 261
children were selected from 13 different regions of the city. Graham method was
taught to the children’s parents and they did Graham test and filled in a predesigned
questionnaire. After microscopic investigation of the samples, the
results were analyzed using SPSS statistical software.
Results: 252 samples were collected from 13 different kindergartens of the city.
Only 6 (2.38%) cases were infected by oxyure (4 boys and 2 girls). The cases
were observed in 3 different kindergartens.
Conclusion: The oxyuriasis infection rate was 2.38% which is significantly lower
than the rates from previous studies. This result shows that oxyure infection in
Isfahan kindergartens has reduced in recent years.



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