Enteric parasites and ova in returning expatriate employees.
International conference on health, safety and environment in oil and gas exploration and production. New Orleans LA (USA), 1996/06/09.
As international exploration and production zones become increasingly remote, the risk for parasitic infection in repatriating employees and their families of petroleum companies has increased.
A population of 98 expatriate employees and family members from nine international locations (Philippines, China, Myanmar, Indonesia, Syria, Thailand, Netherlands, Venezuela, and Azerbaijan) was screened by the Union Oil Company of California between January 1,1994 and December 31,1995.
The overall detection rate for enteric parasites was 53%, with non-pathogenic parasites detected in 39% of the study group, pathogens in 3%, and both pathogenic and non-pathogenic parasites in 11%. Thirteen species of parasite were identified, with the largest varieties identified in repatriated personnel from Indonesia (11 species) and Syria (7 species).
Highest infection rates were observed in expatriates returning from Thailand (67%), Syria (79%), and Indonesia (56%), although this result may be skewed because of the small number of expatriates from some countries.
A short questionnaire on eating and drinking habits was sent to these personnel, and the results will be compared to infection status.
In order to control the risk of parasitic infections, expatriate employee health programs may include education concerning both the prevention of parasitic infection and the meaning of a positive parasite screen, particularly for non-pathogenic infection.
Mots-clés Pascal : Parasitose, Infection, Intestin, Employé, Mission professionnelle, Compagnie pétrolière, Entreprise multinationale, Homme, Education santé, Prévention, Médecine travail, Intestin pathologie, Appareil digestif pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Parasitosis, Infection, Gut, Employee, Professional responsability, Oil company, Multinational corporation, Human, Health education, Prevention, Occupational medicine, Intestinal disease, Digestive diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0069561
Code Inist : 002B30B03. Création : 21/05/1997.