Volume 101, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The Awa indigenous people of Ecuador live in remote areas and were included in health programs only recently. The first screening for parasitic infections in the Awa communities was implemented in the context of community epidemiology. During the site visits in each community, the health-care staff collected the samples for stool microscopy and serology for . A total of 705 individuals consented for the study, representing 40% of the Awa population living in the targeted communities; 184 (26%) participants supplied a stool sample. was found in about 11% of samples. Prevalence of and was 54.9% and 36.9%, respectively. No hookworm eggs were found. In addition, larvae were found in eight individuals (4.3%), whereas serology was positive in 22.7% of the individuals tested. The community-based approach resulted in an impressive participation. There was a high prevalence of parasites associated with relevant morbidity.


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  • Received : 05 Mar 2019
  • Accepted : 06 Jun 2019
  • Published online : 22 Jul 2019

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