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Intestinal Parasitic Infections among Long-Term-Residents and Settled Immigrants in Qatar in the Period 2005 to 2011

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  • Department of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar; School of Biology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, United Kingdom; Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
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The expanding economy of Qatar in the last two decades has attracted immigrants, often from countries with poor socio-economic levels. Many arrive with patent intestinal parasitic infections, and recent analyses have indicated consistently rising trends in the prevalence of some infections. Here, we examined 18,563 hospital records of subjects in Qatar seeking medical assistance for a variety of ailments, combining data from 2009 to 2011 with the earlier dataset from 2005 to 2008 to enable trends to be identified across a 7-year period. We found that 8.6% were infected with one or more species of parasites, however in contrast to the earlier period (2005–2008), in the latter 3 years there were falling trends of prevalence providing some optimism that parasitic infections among the resident immigrants have begun to decline. We identified also geographic regions from which resident workers still maintain a relatively high prevalence of helminth infections despite their long-term residence in Qatar.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Marawan Abu-Madi, Department of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Qatar. E-mail: abumadi@qu.edu.qa

Financial support: This publication was made possible by a grant from Qatar National Research Fund (QRNF) at Qatar Foundation through National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) (Project No. NPRP 4-1283-3-327).

Authors' addresses: Marawan A. Abu-Madi, Department of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar, E-mail: abumadi@qu.edu.qa. Jerzy M. Behnke, School of Biology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, UK, E-mail: jerzy.behnke@nottingham.ac.uk. Sanjay H. Doiphode, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar, E-mail: sdoiphode@hmc.org.qa.

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