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Intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs) are associated with anemia, malabsorption and retarded cognitive development these diseases are complicating the clinical picture of more serious infections like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
Information about the laboratory results of stool examinations for the previous three years were collected from two private laboratories in Aqaba (Sultan medical Lab and Ayla medical Lab) to identify intestinal parasites in residents of the city of Aqaba, South Jordan.
The total number of stool samples in the two medical laboratories was 7192 and samples were collected from the beginning of 2020 to the end of October 2022. 908 intestinal parasites were detected, with a rate of 12.62%.
The types of parasites that were found are Entamoeba histolytica Cyst, Entamoeba histolytica trophozoite, Chilomastix mesnili Ova of Enterobius vermicularis, Taenia saginata, Giardia and Trichomonas hominis.
The results that IPIs are common health problems in Aqaba.