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The influence of pregnancy on intestinal parasite infection in Thai women.
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PMID:  17349963     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between pregnancy and both the susceptibility and pathogenicity of parasite infections is disputed. This study compares the prevalence and intensity (as measured by density of eggs in stool samples) of intestinal helminth infections in pregnant and control groups of women from Khon Kaen Province in the northeast of Thailand. Stool samples were taken at the end of the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy as well as 2 months after parturition and compared for the two groups. There were no significant changes in the prevalence of any of the common helminth species during the course of pregnancy or between the pregnant and control groups. Nor was there any evidence that the density of helminth eggs in the stool samples differed between sample times or between the pregnant and control groups. Our study therefore supports the hypothesis that pregnancy does not influence the course of human infection with helminths.
Ursula Herter; Trevor Petney; Vichit Pipitgool; Paiboon Sithithaworn; Kraisorn Vivatpatanakul; Erhard Hinz; Ross Andrews
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-02-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta tropica     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0001-706X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Trop.     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-09     Completed Date:  2007-05-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370374     Medline TA:  Acta Trop     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  200-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Tropical Medicine, Hygiene Institute, University of Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Feces / parasitology*
Helminthiasis / classification*,  epidemiology
Parasite Egg Count / methods,  statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic / classification*,  epidemiology
Severity of Illness Index
Thailand / epidemiology

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