العدد التاسع لشهر يونيو 2020
The source of water and High prevalence of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Asymptomatic Children and Adults. How is Important?
تاريخ الاستلام: 1-4-2020م
تاريخ التقييم: 23-4-2020م
Authors: Abdurrazag Nami, Reem Algalal, Abdulfattah Fitouri, Goma Huwiage
-Helicobacter pylori infections occur earlier in life with high frequency in developing countries.
It has been reported that the source of drinking water as a potential route of transmission. There
is no information available regarding the prevalence of H. pylori infection in asymptomatic
children and adults, and its associated risk factors in rural regions. Objectives: To establish
the current prevalence of H. pylori infection among asymptomatic Secondary- School and university
students in Kasr Khiar city and its associated risk factors. Materials and Methods: A Blood sample
of (125) healthy students of two secondary schools, and (100) healthy adult students of Faculty of
Arts & Sciences, Al- Merghib University in Kasr Khiar city, using immunochromatographic rapid
method to detect anti-H. pylori IgG, and questionnaire covering Sociodemographic variables were
completed by interview. Results: overall, seroprevalence of H. pylori was 85% in the healthy
university students, there was a gradual increase with age, and no statistical difference between
genders. However, H. pylori was 65%, 81% in the secondary school boys’ children, secondary school
girls’ children respectively. The highest percentage of positive infected H. pylori in subjects
who are using private untreated well-water drinking than those the commercial water supply.
Conclusions: The prevalence of H. pylori infection is high among the secondary school healthy
students, as well as the university adult students in Kasr Khiar region, which might be related to
the socioeconomic status, and living conditions, as major risk factors for H. pylori infection.
Our data indicate that the source of drinking water is an important mechanism for the transmission
of H. pylori in a rural region. However, larger studies in other regions of Libya should be
conducted to confirm the study finding, using molecular typing techniques to help trace the route
of transmission in future.
Keywords: Helicobacter pylori, Prevalence, Serology, Asymptomatic, Libya.
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- Notice: The result of this study is part of a project title of the seroprevalence of Helicobacter pylori Infection among Libyan Population.