Intestinal parasites in children hospitalized at the Central Hospital in Maputo, Mozambique

Ana Maria Fonseca, Natércia Fernandes, Filipa S. Ferreira, Joana Gomes, Sónia Centeno-Lima

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Introduction: Intestinal parasites are important contributors to the global disease burden, especially in children of low-income countries. The present study determined the frequency of intestinal parasites in children hospitalized at the diarrhea section of the Infectious-Contagious Diseases ward and at the Malnutrition ward of the Department of Pediatrics of the Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique. Methodology: This pilot study conducted between February and March 2009 enrolled a total of 93 children between 1.5 and 48.2 months of age; 87.1% were younger than 24 months. Parasite detection in stool samples was achieved using direct microscopic observation and Ritchie's concentration technique. Results: Infection with pathogenic intestinal parasites was detected in 16.1% (15/93) of the children. Giardia duodenalis and Trichuris trichiura were the most common parasites (6.5%, 6/93 each), followed by Ascaris lumbricoides (2.2%, 2/93). One case of mixed infection with A. lumbricoides plus T. trichiura was also detected. Conclusion: This study reinforces the importance of routinely examining stool samples for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites (including protozoa) in children hospitalized in endemic areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-789
Number of pages4
JournalJournal Of Infection In Developing Countries
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Children
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Mozambique


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