A SURVEY OF Enterobius vermicularis AMONG CHILDREN IN THE 2ND DISTRICT OF THE PROVINCE OF ALBAY
Ma. Teresa Abalon Mirandilla, Mark R Villanueva, Nikko B Ciruelos, Rhomeneo L Verzosa, Valerie Mae M Marbella, Reichelle M Moral
Keywords:cellulose tape perianal swabbing, children, E. vermicularis, Legazpi City, prevalence
Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) is the causative agent of Enterobiasis that is common in children. The study was conducted from June to September 2012 to determine the overall prevalence of E. vermicularis among children in the 2nd District of Albay. A total of six hundred thirty two (632) children ages 3-10 years old were examined from five (5) different municipalities using Cellulose Tape Perianal Swabbing. The result of the study showed that the overall prevalence rate of E. vermicularis in the 2nd District of Albay was 33.1% or two hundred nine (209) out of six hundred thirty two (632). The ratio obtained from the study was 49.40 which mean that in every three (3) children that were examined one (1) of them was found to be positive. Chi square test revealed that all the possible risk factors under socio demographic characteristics (P = 0.0000), knowledge of parents regarding pinworm (P = 0.0000) and their hygiene practices (P = 0.0000) were significantly related with pinworm infestation. Based on the result of the study, the infection greatly depends on the socio demographic characteristics of the family, the knowledge of parents regarding pinworm and lastly their hygiene practices.