Protozoan infection amongst the Orang Asli (aborigines) community in Pangsoon, Malaysia

Mohamed Kamel Abdul Ghani, Sham Kasim, Karen Lai, Norazah Ahmad

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Introduction: Enteric protozoan infections are highly prevalent and widely distributed among both urban and rural disadvantaged communities including the Orang Asli (aborigine) in the tropical and sub-tropical areas in the world. Materials and methods: 159 subjects from the Orang Asli village of Pangsoon, Malaysia participated in this study. For a more practical purpose, they were categorized according to the age groups. Stool samples were collected, preserved in polyvinyl alcohol and subsequently stained with trichrome to look for evidence of protozoan infection. Results: Enteric protozoan infections remain common in this group of population with infection rates of 6.92% for both amoebiasis and giardiasis. Infection was found to be highest among the children and primary school children who were particularly susceptible. Conclusion: The persistence and high prevalence of enteric protozoan infection in this Orang Asli community was related to their poor socioeconomic background, environmental, and cultural-behavioural factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Keywords

  • Amoebiasis
  • Giardiasis
  • Malaysia
  • Orang Asli (aborigines)
  • Protozoan infection

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  • Medicine(all)

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Protozoan infection amongst the Orang Asli (aborigines) community in Pangsoon, Malaysia. / Abdul Ghani, Mohamed Kamel; Kasim, Sham; Lai, Karen; Ahmad, Norazah.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2002, p. 7-10.

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