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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

NUNES WILDEMBERG BRAUER, Alline M.; COSTA DA SILVA, Janaína; ANDRADE DE SOUZA, Anelise  and  ANDRADE DE SOUZA, Marco Antônio. Intestinal parasites among employees of restaurants and cafeterias in a city of Brazil. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.5, pp.691-696. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v19n5.57263.

Objective

To investigate the frequency of intestinal parasites in employees of restaurants and cafeterias located in the Commercial Center of São Mateus, Espírito Santo, one of the oldest cities of Brazil.

Material and Methods

Between August 2013 and February 2014, 42 fecal samples were collected and analyzed by spontaneous sedimentation method in the Clinical Analysis Laboratory of the Federal University of Espírito Santo, São Mateus Campus.

Results

The results were positive in 19 % of the samples. The commensal Entamoeba coli (75 %) was the most common followed by Entamoeba histolytica/dispar (37.5 %) and Giardia lamblia (12.5 %).

Conclusions

Implementing health education measures in the city of São Mateus is suggested by providing permanent health education, as well as conducting parasitological examinations. Such actions will contribute to the improvement of health conditions of the population.

Keywords : Food parasitology; food handling; incidence (source: MeSH, NLM).

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