Prevalence and risk factors for pinworm infection in the kindergarten of Thammasat University, Thailand.
Pethleart A., Saichua P., Rhongbutsri P., Leelawongtawon R., Aree K., Tiengtip R., Nithikathkul C., Nateeworanart S., Taylor WRJ.
We studied the prevalence and risk factors for pinworm infection in children attending the kindergarten of Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand, using the Scotch-tape technique. Slides were examined by a standard light microscope; 20% of negative slides were reexamined for quality control. Symptoms and risk factor data were collected using a structured questionnaire. Three hundred thirty children age 3 to 6 years old were sampled (males=159). Sixty-five (19.7%) had symptoms consistent with pinworm infection. No pinworm eggs were detected. Most parents (73%) had a good socioeconomic status and 64% were university graduates. Pinworm infection may be uncommon in urban Thailand.