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Bahman Rahimi Esboei, Mehdi Sharif, Ahmad Daryani, Fatemeh Hosseini , Abdol Sattar Pagheh, Masoumeh Rahimi, Mohtaram Nasrolahi,
Volume 2, Issue 2 (3-2017)

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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