Giardiasis as a predictor of childhood malnutrition in Orang Asli children in Malaysia

M. S Hesham Al-Mekhlafi, `Azlin Muhammad @ Mohd Yasin, U. Nor Aini, A. Shaik, A. Sa'iah, M. S. Fatmah, M. G. Ismail, M. S. Ahmad Firdaus, M. Y. Aisah, A. R. Rozlida, Norhayati Moktar

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study to examine the association of giardiasis with protein-energy malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia was conducted among Orang Asli children in Selangor, Malaysia. A total of 281 children aged 2-15 years were studied. The data were collected using structured questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory analysis of blood and faecal samples. The results showed that 24.9% of the children were infected with Giardia duodenalis, while 56.5, 61.3 and 15.1% had significant underweight, stunting and wasting, respectively. Giardiasis was statistically identified as a strong predictor of significant wasting in this study population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-691
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume99
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

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Giardiasis
Malaysia
Malnutrition
Growth Disorders
Vitamin A Deficiency
Protein-Energy Malnutrition
Giardia lamblia
Iron-Deficiency Anemias
Thinness
Cross-Sectional Studies
Population

Keywords

  • Giardiasis
  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Malaysia
  • Micronutrient malnutrition
  • Protein-energy malnutrition
  • Vitamin A deficiency

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  • Parasitology
  • Medicine(all)

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Giardiasis as a predictor of childhood malnutrition in Orang Asli children in Malaysia. / Al-Mekhlafi, M. S Hesham; Muhammad @ Mohd Yasin, `Azlin; Nor Aini, U.; Shaik, A.; Sa'iah, A.; Fatmah, M. S.; Ismail, M. G.; Ahmad Firdaus, M. S.; Aisah, M. Y.; Rozlida, A. R.; Moktar, Norhayati.

In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 99, No. 9, 09.2005, p. 686-691.

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Al-Mekhlafi, MSH, Muhammad @ Mohd Yasin, A, Nor Aini, U, Shaik, A, Sa'iah, A, Fatmah, MS, Ismail, MG, Ahmad Firdaus, MS, Aisah, MY, Rozlida, AR & Moktar, N 2005, 'Giardiasis as a predictor of childhood malnutrition in Orang Asli children in Malaysia', Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 99, no. 9, pp. 686-691. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trstmh.2005.02.006
Al-Mekhlafi, M. S Hesham ; Muhammad @ Mohd Yasin, `Azlin ; Nor Aini, U. ; Shaik, A. ; Sa'iah, A. ; Fatmah, M. S. ; Ismail, M. G. ; Ahmad Firdaus, M. S. ; Aisah, M. Y. ; Rozlida, A. R. ; Moktar, Norhayati. / Giardiasis as a predictor of childhood malnutrition in Orang Asli children in Malaysia. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2005 ; Vol. 99, No. 9. pp. 686-691.
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