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In Africa, intestinal parasites are common cause of death in children, affecting their immune system and increasing susceptibility to risk of other diseases.1
In Cape Verde (15°20′−14°50′ N; 23°50′−23°20′ W), infectious and parasitic diseases caused 11.1% of deaths in children under 5 years in 2017.2 Outbreaks of gastrointestinal diseases are reported every year; however, little is known on the intestinal parasites affecting this population. Therefore, we aimed to identify the intestinal parasites in children and to describe related clinical and demographic factors.
Children aged 18 months to 12 years with diarrhoea were selected for the study. In 2018 and 2019, 105 fresh faecal samples were collected in sterile containers at the Pediatric Service of Dr. Agostinho Neto Hospital in Praia, the capital of Santiago (Cape Verde), and a portion was conserved in Cary-Blair medium (Biomerieux, France) at …
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Contributors DAC, HSDCL, CP, DG collected the samples and patients data. DAC, HSDCL and PF analysed the samples. RD carried out the statistical analyses. BV and PF obtained the funding and supervised the work. DAC, RD and PF did the main writing of the article. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.
Funding Funded by Exmo. Cabildo Insular de Tenerife ‘Proyectos de Cooperación e Investigación 2019’; grant 2020/0000528, Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and ‘Universidad de La Laguna’ agreement; FUNCCET ‘Fundación Canaria para el Control de las Enfermedades Tropicales’; ProID2017010092 ‘Proyectos I + D de la Consejería de Economía, Industria, Comercio y Conocimiento de la Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias’ and FEDER 2014-2020; and grant RD16/0027/0001, RICET, Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and FEDER.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.
Ethics approval The study was approved by the National Ethical Commission for Health Research of the Ministry of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde (no. 28/2018).
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