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August 18, 1962

Intestinal Parasitosis Among Hospital Employees

Author Affiliations

New York City

JAMA. 1962;181(7):638-640. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050330068019b

NUMEROUS REPORTS exist of the incidence of intestinal parasitosis, especially amebiasis, among various segments of the civilian population. As a result of extensive traveling on the part of Americans and immigration of large population groups from the West Indies, the problem of parasitosis has taken on new significance. Much of the hospital personnel in the Greater New York area is made up of people who have recently migrated from the Southeastern states of this country and from the Caribbean countries where the incidence of intestinal parasitosis is reportedly high. We undertook a study and initiated treatment of intestinal parasitosis among our hospital employees because these people represented a reservoir of disease which could prove a hazard to the community in which they worked and lived.

A screening program was initiated on Sept. 1, 1960, in order to determine the incidence of parasites among our hospital employees. The employee population was