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Revista Costarricense de Ciencias Médicas

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HERNANDEZ, Francisco; LEON, Denis; BRENES, Ana  and  ROBINSON, Christofer. Parasitismo en un precario de San José, Costa Rica. Rev. costarric. cienc. méd [online]. 1998, vol.19, n.3-4, pp.245-247. ISSN 0253-2948.

The last two national surveys on intestinal parasitosis realized in Costa Rica (1982 and 1996) showed an impressive improvement of intestinal helmintiasis, with rates lower than 5%. Nevertheless, this problem is relegated to marginal communities, such as is demonstrated in this paper. Stool Samples of feces from 76 (56%) of the inhabitants of a squatter settlement near the Tiribí River, San José, Costa Rica were analyzed by direct wet smears, Kato, Stoll, and agar culture method to looking for Strongyloides. The forty-five percent of the people studied had at least one kind of intestinal parasites. The most frequently found parasites were Entamoeba coli (27%), Trichuris (18%), Ascaris (15%). These data prove that the problem of intestinal parasitosis is ongoing and is masked in national surveys that show a fictitiously low rates for the country.

Keywords : Parasitismo intestinal; helmintiasis; protozoosis; comunidades precarias.

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