Objective: To assess the prevalence of intestinal parasites among Jenin Governorate (Northern Palestine) population.
Methods: A retrospective laboratory analysis of stool specimens was carried out for intestinal parasite examination in Jenin Governmental Hospital, Jenin Governorate, Northern Palestine. The records were collected from the clinical microbiology laboratory of the Jenin Governmental Hospital between January 2000 and December 2009.
Results: Our retrospective study showed that the prevalence of intestinal parasite infection during 10 years ranged from 32.0-41.5%. There are at least 7 different parasites encountered. The most common pathogenic parasites identified were: Entamoeba histolytica (8.2-18.2%), Enterobius vermicularis (15.6-28.9%). The other parasites present were Giardia lamblia, Ascaris lumbricoides, Strongyloides stercoralis, Taenia species and Ancylostoma duodenale (Hookworms (
Conclusions Intestinal parasitic infection is an important public health problem in Jenin governorate, Palestine. It is necessary to develop effective prevention and control strategies including health education and environmental sanitation improvement