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Parasitic Infections in Children with Disability in Resource Poor Settings: The Research Gaps

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Yasmin Sultana, Sabina Karim*, Gouri Rani Banik, Harunor Rashid and Rogan Lee   Pages 267 - 272 ( 6 )

Abstract:


The burden of parasitic infections among children with disability in resource-poor settings has not been summarised through a focused review. Here, we have summarised the key studies reporting the burden of parasitic infections among children without and with a disability. In most instances, among children without disability, Giardia or soil-transmitted helminths dominate the epidemiology, while among disabled individuals, enteric protozoa are the predominant parasites to be reported in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries. Cryptosporidium is generally the leading protozoan to be detected among these populations but all other parasites have been detected in varying frequencies. There is a paucity of data on the precise epidemiology of parasitic infections in children with disability. A large-scale epidemiological study, using modern genomic methodology, is a research priority.

Keywords:

Children, disability, parasitic infection, resource poor setting, World Health Organization, soil-transmitted helminths.

Affiliation:

Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Marie Bashir Institute, Westmead, NSW, Department of Paediatrics, Kurmitola General Hospital, Kurmitola, Dhaka, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Marie Bashir Institute, Westmead, NSW



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