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Table 1 General characteristics of the participants (n = 380)

From: Prevalence, predictors and clinical significance of Blastocystis sp. in Sebha, Libya

Characteristics Frequency (%)
Age group (years):
≥18 238 (62.6)
<18 142 (37.4)
Gender:
Male 197 (51.8)
Female 183 (48.2)
Socioeconomic status:
Participants’ education level (at least 6 years) 120 (31.6)
Working participants 132 (44.0)
Large family size (≥ 7 members) 222 (58.4)
Treated drinking water (filtered or boiled) 138 (36.3)
Presence of animals in the house 44 (11.6)
History of recent overseas travel 16 (4.2)
Presence of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms 153 (40.3)