Development and Piloting of Ascariasis Surveillance System of Children in Sri Lanka

Lahiru S. Galgamuwa, Devika Iddawela, Samath D. Dharmaratne


Ascariasis infection are common in worldwide. But information about surveillance on ascariasis in Sri Lanka is insufficient. This preliminary study was designed to determine the prevalence of ascariasis infections and their association with nutritional status children. Shared toilet facilities, live in attached houses, de-worming before 6 - 12 months period and before 12 months identified as risk factors of ascariasis and no statistically significant association between nutritional status and ascariasis. Socio-demographic determinants and sanitary conditions should be considered, to plan ascariasis Surveillance system on children.

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