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Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007
THEME ISSUE
Global Poverty and Human Development

Research

Epidemiology of Schistosomiasis in the People’s Republic of China, 2004

Xiao-Nong Zhou*Comments to Author , Jia-Gang Guo*, Xiao-Hua Wu*, Qing-Wu Jiang†, Jiang Zheng*, Hui Dang*, Xian-Hong Wang*, Jing Xu*, Hong-Qing Zhu*, Guan-Ling Wu‡, Yue-Sheng Li§, Xing-Jian Xu¶, Hong-Gen Chen#, Tian-Ping Wang**, Yin-Chang Zhu††, Dong-Chuan Qiu‡‡, Xing-Qi Dong§§, Gen-Ming Zhao†, Shao-Ji Zhang#, Nai-Qing Zhao†, Gang Xia¶¶, Li-Ying Wang¶¶, Shi-Qing Zhang**, Dan-Dan Lin#, Ming-Gang Chen*, and Yang Hao¶¶
Author affiliations: *National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; †Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; ‡Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China; §Hunan Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Yueyang, People’s Republic of China; ¶Hubei Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; #Jiangxi Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Nanchang, People’s Republic of China; **Anhui Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Wuhu, People’s Republic of China; ††Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Wuxi, People’s Republic of China; ‡‡Sichuan Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China; §§Yunnan Institute of Endemic Diseases, Dali, People’s Republic of China; ¶¶Ministry of Health, Beijing, People’s Republic of China;

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Table

ELISA and Kato-Katz thick smear results for Schistosoma japonicum infection prevalence and intensity, stratified by occupation and education, People’s Republic of China*

Characteristic ELISA
Kato-Katz
Corrected prevalence, % Geometric mean EPG (infected) Geometric mean EPG (population)
No. examined Positive rate, % No. examined Positive rate, %
Preschool children 848 8.7 65 18.5 0.4 31 0.9
Students 61,430 6.7 3,861 9.7 1.8 37 0.4
Farmers 184,325 14.0 24,285 8.9 2.6 32 0.4
Fishermen and boatmen 1,150 25.0 284 16.5 3.3 54 0.9
Others
3,234
14.0
413
6.5
2.5
30
0.3
Education level
Illiterate 14,078 18.9 2,559 9.1 2.5 33 0.4
Primary school 119,016 12.2 13,655 9.2 2.5 35 0.4
Junior high school 101,283 11.4 10,917 8.5 2.6 31 0.3
Senior high school 11,616 10.4 1,160 9.3 2.6 31 0.4
Additional education 1,993 7.1 136 10.3 2.3 27 0.4
Unknown
3,001
20.5
481
18.3
2.3
25
0.8
Total 250,987 12.2 28,908 9.1 2.5 33 0.4

*EPG, eggs per gram of feces.

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