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Title: Opisthorchis viverrini infection in rural and urban communities in northeast Thailand
Authors: Sucha Kurathong
Pravit Lerdverasirikul
Virasak Wongpaitoon
Chutima Pramoolsinsap
E. Suchart Upatham
Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1987
Citation: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Vol.81, No.3 (1987), 411-414
Abstract: The prevalence and intensity of liver-fluke (Opisthorchis viverrini) infection were investigated among 559 patients who were born in, and had lived all their lives in, either the rural or urban northeastern Thailand. 344 (79·4%) of 433 rural dwellers were infected compared with only 69 (54·8%) of 126 urban dwellers (P < 0·005). The intensity of infection, and the reported level of consumption of koi-pla, a favourite dish of local inhabitants prepared from uncooked freshwater fish which often contains viable metacercariae, were greater among rural dwellers than their urban counterparts (P < 0·05 to P < 0·005). Infection due to O. viverrini appears to be mainly a rural problem strongly associated with the habit and frequency of eating koi-pla. © 1987.
ISSN: 00359203
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