What are the racial and age differences in the incidence of strongyloidiasis?

Updated: Jun 20, 2019
  • Author: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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No racial predilection is apparent for Strongyloides infection; however, Southeast Asia appears to have the highest endemic percentage, and it is highly prevalent in some tropical Aboriginal communities in Australia. [30] Larva currens is most frequently seen in white patients with an infection acquired in Southeast Asia.

Although Strongyloides infection is represented in all ages, infection may most frequently initially occur in childhood, as children are most likely to play outdoors in contaminated soil with bare feet. [31] Advanced age is also a risk factor for severe strongyloidiasis, because it may be associated with an immunosuppressed state.


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