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Introduction: Diarrhea is a highly prevalent disease in quite many countries. Parasitic factors are partly in charge of generating this disease and infection with these factors has turned into a global health issue. Due to its geographical location and hot climate, Hormozgan suffers a high rate of diarrhea. Therefore, the present research was initiated to explore the prevalence of the parasitic-intestinal factors involved in diarrhea among the childeren population (6-month to 6-year old) who refered Bandar Abbas Pediatric Hospital between 2012 and 2014. Methods: The present descriptive-analytical research was conducted on the medical files of 315 patients visiting Bandar Abbas Pediatric Hospital from September 2012 to September 2014. The required data were extracted and recorded in a checklist. The data were analyzed by SPSS-24 software using statistical indices (Chi-square test, frequency tables, etc.). Results: From among the 315 medical files, 7 (2.2%) were infected with intestinal parasites. 5 (71.5%) patients were male and 2 (28.5%) were female. The three types of parasites diagnosed were Giardia lamblia (1.6%), Entamoeba coli (0.3%) and Hymenolepis nana (0.3%). A statistically significant divergence was observed between parasitic-intestinal factors and the place of residence (urban or rural) (p<0.001). The most cases of infection occurred in summer but were not statistically significant (p<0.11). Conclusion: Education and culture in the field of individual and public health in the community as well as the improvement of health in the villages can help reduce the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in these areas. Key words: diarrhea, parasitic factors, children, Bandar Abbas
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/08/20 | Accepted: 2017/08/20 | Published: 2017/08/20