Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A study was made on parasitic infections of a group of Pygmies from the Ituri Forest region of the Congo in conjunction with other investigations. The parasitic burden of the Pygmy population was extremely high. In general, the prevalence of all intestinal parasites was greater in the Pygmies than in other African groups examined by the same methods. Malaria, an important infection in the group, was found more frequently in children than among adults. Onchocerciasis was one of the most important diseases observed because of its high prevalence and intensity.

It is concluded that parasites play an important role in the health status of Pygmies.


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