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Introduction: Intestinal parasitism has been a challenge to overcome for
the Mexican deworming campaign and this study determined the prevalence of
these infections in schoolchildren treated with albendazole in Northwestern Mexico.
Methods: Study sites in marginal conditions, with gastrointestinal infections
and albendazole intervention were selected. The Faust and Kato Katz techniques
were used to identify the parasites spp. and the NCSS software was used for
statistical analysis. Results: A total of 450, 389 and 364
schoolchildren participated in 2005, 2006, and 2007 respectively during
this study. The mean age was 7.9 (±1.3). The estimated prevalences were of
42%, 30% and 37% for protozoa infections, and 11%, 12% and 11% for helminth
infections in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. Conclusion: The education
strategies should be integrated into the
Mexican deworming campaign.