Burden of Fasciola hepatica Infection among children from Paucartambo in Cusco, Peru.
There is a high prevalence of fascioliasis in the Peruvian highlands, but most cases remain undiagnosed. The burden of disease caused by chronic subclinical infection is largely unknown. We studied school-age children from a district in Paucartambo Province in Cusco, Peru to evaluate the burden of disease caused by subclinical fascioliasis. Parasite eggs and/or larvae were identified in 46.2% of subjects, including Fasciola hepatica in 10.3% of subjects. Fascioliasis was independently associated with anemia (adjusted odds ratio = 3.01 [1.10-8.23]). Subclinical fascioliasis was common among children and strongly associated with anemia. Anemia should be recognized as an important component of the burden of disease from fascioliasis.
Laboratorio Clinico Ser Salud, Cusco, Peru.
SourceThe American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 86:3 2012 Mar pg 481-5
Parasite Egg Count
Pub Type(s)Journal Article