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Kim, So, June, and Jung: A Study on the Prevalence of Clonorchis Sinensis and the Effects of Educational Program among Residents in the Basin of the Youngsan River, Korea



The goal of this study was to analyze the prevalence of Clonorchis sinensis infection in people living within 5 km of the Youngsan River basin, to develop an educational program to prevent the infection, and to examine the effects of the educational program.


This study employed a one group pretest-posttest design, the subjects were 384. This study was conducted from November 20, 2008 to June 16, 2009. The results were analyzed with the SPSS/WIN 18.0 program.


Of the residents, 5.7% were infected with Clonorchis sinensis and the knowledge level about the prevention of Clonorchis sinensis was improved significantly from 9.75±5.12 points before the education to 15.05±2.43 points after the education. One of the important effects was that the willingness to eat raw fresh-water fish was reduced after the education.


Based on the results of this study, a continuous research needs to be conducted on how education and knowledge level-up change people's living attitudes for the prevention of Clonorchis sinensis infection and the reduction of the infection rate in the future.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Clonorchis Sinensis Infection Rates & Related Characteristics of Objects (N=384)
Table 2
Comparison of Knowledge Level before and after Prevention Education of Participants (N=384)
Table 3
Difference in Knowledge Level before and after Prevention Education according to Characteristics of Participants (N=384)

Change in knowledge level before and after prevention education; Tukey's test.

Table 4
Comparison of Correct Answer Ratio by Questions (N=384)

CAR=correct answer rate; PE=prevention education.

Table 5
Change in Attitude and Intention to Eat Raw Fresh-water Fish (N=384)

Fisher exact test.


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