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Rahimi Esboei B, Sharif M, Daryani A, Hosseini F, Pagheh A S, Rahimi M et al . Parasitic Contamination in Commonly- Consumed Vegetables in Mazandaran Province, Northern Iran. J. Hum. Environ. Health Promot.. 2017; 2 (2) :89-95
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1- PhD Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- PhD Department of Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
3- PhD Molecular and cell biology Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, sari, Iran
4- PhD Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran.
5- MSc School of Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon branch
6- PhD Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
Abstract:   (602 Views)

Background: Raw (fresh) vegetables are an important ingredient of healthy diet. Many enteric bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens could be transmitted by vegetables. Mazandaran province is located in northern Iran with a coastal area and extensive fields for vegetable cultivation. The current study is designed to evaluate the parasitic contamination of fresh vegetables.

Methods: A total of 150 samples of fresh vegetables obtained from markets were examined for parasitic infections using standard methods.

Results: Out of 104 samples (60.3%) were contaminated with parasites. Parsley and radish with prevalence rates of 90% (18/20) and 39.1% (9/23) were the most and least contaminated vegetables. Free living larva and Trichostrongylus were the most and least common parasites in our results.

Conclusion: It can be concluded that parasitological contamination of raw vegetables may be a health threat to consumers of such products.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/12/20 | Accepted: 2017/02/13 | Published: 2017/03/20

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