Effects of Ascaris Infection on Nutritional Status in Children

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  • Parasitic Diseases and Veterinary Public Health Division, Bureau of Epidemiology, Center for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
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The nutritional status of 30 children infected with Ascaris lumbricoides was compared with that of 30 uninfected controls matched for age, race, sex, and family income. Statistically significant evidence of an adverse effect of ascariasis on serum albumin levels and plasma vitamin C levels was found, but no child had inadequate levels of these nutrients. Suggestive evidence of an adverse effect of the infection on weight for height and on riboflavin nutriture was also found. There were no significant differences between infected and control children with respect to seven other laboratory measurements.

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Presently Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Director, Parasitic Diseases Branch, Bureau of Epidemiology.