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Korean J Parasitol. 1993 Dec;31(4):375-378. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1993.31.4.375
Copyright © 1993 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Intestinal parasite infections in the inhabitants along the Hantan River, Chorwon-gun
M S Park,1S W Kim,1Y S Yang,1C H Park,2W T Lee,2C U Kim,2E M Lee,2S U Lee,2 and S Huh*2
1Kangnwon-do Branch of the Korea Association of Health, Chunchon 200-092, Korea.
2Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chunchon 200-702, Korea.
Received October 02, 1993; Accepted October 20, 1993.


The prevalence of intestinal parasite infections in inhabitants at the reaches of the Hantan River, Chorwon-gun, Korea, was observed from August 12 to September 14, 1993. Of 465 people observed by cellophane thick smear and formalin-ether concentration method, 2 Ascaris lumbricoides (unfertilized), 1 Trichuris trichiura, 39 Clonorchis sinensis and 16 Metagonimus egg positive cases were found. After treatment, the Metagonimus egg positive cases passed out flukes of Metagonimus Miyata type. Of 68 fish caught in the Hantan River, 14 (20.6%) were infected with metacercariae of Metagonimus, while no metacercaria of C. sinensis was found. At this area, soil-transmitted nematodes are very low, but clonorchiasis and metagonimiasis are prevalent by modernate endemicity.


Table 1
Result of stool examination of the inhabitants in the riverside area of the Hantan River, Chorwon-gun

Table 2
Result of the detection of metacercariae of Metagonimus spp. from fishes (Cyprinidae) caught in the hantan River

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