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Title: Differential change in the prevalence of the Ascaris, Trichuris and Clonorchis infection among past East Asian populations
Authors: Zhan, Xiaoya
Yeh, Hui-Yuan
Shin, Dong Hoon
Chai, Jong-Yil
Seo, Min
Mitchell, Piers D.
Keywords: Humanities::General
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Zhan, X., Yeh, H-Y., Shin, D. H., Chai, J-Y., Seo, M., & Mitchell, P. D. (2019). Differential change in the prevalence of the Ascaris, Trichuris and Clonorchis infection among past East Asian populations. The Korean Journal of Parasitology, 57(6), 601-605. doi:10.3347/kjp.2019.57.6.601
Journal: The Korean Journal of Parasitology
Abstract: As we learn more about parasites in ancient civilizations, data becomes available that can be used to see how infection may change over time. The aim of this study is to assess how common certain intestinal parasites were in China and Korea in the past 2000 years, and make comparisons with prevalence data from the 20th century. This allows us to go on to investigate how and why changes in parasite prevalence may have occurred at different times. Here we show that Chinese liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis) dropped markedly in prevalence in both Korea and China earlier than did roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) and whipworm (Trichuris trichiura). We use historical evidence to determine why this was the case, exploring the role of developing sanitation infrastructure, changing use of human feces as crop fertilizer, development of chemical fertilizers, snail control programs, changing dietary preferences, and governmental public health campaigns during the 20th century.
ISSN: 0023-4001
DOI: 10.3347/kjp.2019.57.6.601
Rights: © 2019 Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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