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Prevalence of Ectoparasitic Infections and Other Dermatological Infections and Their Associated Factors among School Children in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.author Gunathilaka, N.
dc.contributor.author Chandrasena, N.
dc.contributor.author Udayanga, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-03T09:30:33Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-03T09:30:33Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology.2019;2019:5827124 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1712-9532 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1918-1493 (Electronic)
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.kln.ac.lk/handle/123456789/20297
dc.description Not indexed en_US
dc.description.abstract Skin disorders are one of the commonest conditions among school children in developing countries. There are only a few published studies available from Sri Lanka on the prevalence of skin disorders. A community-based cross-sectional study was carried out among five government-run schools randomly selected from the district of Gampaha, Sri Lanka, during 2016-2017. A total of 41 students between 5 and 16 years of age were randomly selected from each school. Sociodemographic profile and hygienic behaviors of selected students were assessed using a pretested interviewer-administered questionnaire. Students were examined by a medical officer for the presence of different skin disorders. The chi-squared test of association and binary logistic regression were used for the identification of the significance of socioeconomic factors and hygienic practices among the study participants. A total of 205 school children participated in the study. The commonest skin disorder was pediculosis (42.0%; n=86), followed by dandruff (8.3%; n=17), fungal infections (6.8%; n=14), and scabies (1.5%; n=3). Almost one-fourth of the study participants (22.9%; n=30/131) had more than one disorder, majored by Pediculus captis infestation with dandruff. Over one-third (36.1%; n=74) were free of any skin disorders. The prevalence of skin disorders was significantly high among females (87.3%; n=110), compared to males (26.6%; n=21). Presence of long hair, higher family size, and limited number of rooms in the house were risk factors associated with the prevalence of skin disorders. The commonest skin disorder was pediculosis, while scabies and fungal infections were scarce among school children in the district of Gampaha, Sri Lanka. Implementation of health education and monitoring programs at the school level for maintaining the dermal health status of school children is recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Nasr City : Hindawi Publishing Corporation en_US
dc.subject Ectoparasitic Infections en_US
dc.title Prevalence of Ectoparasitic Infections and Other Dermatological Infections and Their Associated Factors among School Children in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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