Prevalence of Intestinal Parasitic Infection in Children Under Five-Year in Hilla, Babylon Province


Out of 349 stool samples, 138 (39.5%) were infected with intestinal parasites. The prevalence rate was 82 (34.4%) for male and 56 (50.1%) for female. The prevalence of intestinal parasites was high in bottle feeding children58(52.2%) compared to children with breast feeding 32(31.4%).The predominantnt intestinal parasite was Entamoeba histolytica(13.2%), followed by Giardia lamblia(8.3%),Hymenolepis nana(7.2%),Entrobus vermicularis(6.0%) and Entamoeba coli(5.2%).