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April 4, 1925

INTESTINAL PARASITES AMONG FILIPINO FOOD HANDLERS

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SAN FRANCISCO
From the Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1925;84(14):1029-1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660400017008

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Abstract

Many of the Filipinos that come to the United States find employment in the handling of food supplies. In the public institution here surveyed, some of them are employed as waiters, as bus boys and in the kitchen. A survey of such a group included routine stool examination with direct smears and centrifugalized sediments. The results of these examinations are given in Table 1.

In view of the high percentage of infestation, it is rather surprising that none of the men showed any marked symptoms. Out of thirty-four cases examined, twenty-eight were found positive for parasites. Twenty-two of these positive patients harbored either a double or triple infestation. The parasites found were hookworm, in twenty-one cases; Trichuris, sixteen cases; Ascaris, two cases; Fasciolopsis and Hymenolepis in one case each, and protozoa in twelve cases.

Compared with the incidence of intestinal protozoa in medical patients in the Stanford service, we find

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