The prevalence of ectoparasites in Ethiopian immigrants

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1993
Authors:K. Y. Mumcuoglu, Miller, J., Manor, O., Benyshai, F., Klaus, S.
Journal:Israel Journal of Medical Sciences
Pagination:371 - 373
Date Published:1993
Keywords:Ethiopia, humanus humanus, Pediculus, Pediculus humanus capitis, Pulex irritans, Sarcoptes scabiei, scabies

Newly arrived Ethiopian immigrants in Israel were screened for ectoparasitic insects and mites. Of 304 individuals examined 65.1% were infested with the head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis). The infestation rate among children varied between 65 and 100%. Children aged 6-11 years were the most infested group and no differences between girls and boys were found. The infestation rate in children was significantly higher than that found in adults. Approximately 39% of those examined were infested with the body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus). The rate of infestation with this parasite was higher in adults than in children and higher in females than males. Ten percent of the immigrants examined were infested with the scabies mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) and 4.3% with the human flea (Pulex irritans).

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