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Volume 3, Number 3—September 1997

Perspective

Emerging and Reemerging Helminthiases and the Public Health of China

Peter J. Hotez*, Feng Zheng†Comments to Author , Xu Long-qi†, Chen Ming-gang†, Xiao Shu-hua†, Liu Shu-xian†, David Blair‡, Donald P. McManus§, and George M. Davis¶
Author affiliations: *Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; †Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Shanghai, PR China; ‡James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia; §Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia; and ¶The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Table 1

Prevalence of major intestinal helminths in China*

Helminth Number of Cases (millions)
Ascaris lumbricoides 531 +8
Trichuris trichiura 212 +10
Hookworm 194 + 7
Clonorchis sinensis 4.1 +0.4
Fasciolopsis buski 1.9 +0.3
Taenia spp. 1.3 + 0.2
Hymenolepis spp. 0.7 + 0.1
Heterophyidae 0.2 + 0.1

*Based on analysis of 1,477,742 fecal examinations and a Chinese population of 1.13 billion people.

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