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Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori and Its Associated Factors among Healthy Asymptomatic Residents in the United Arab Emirates

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Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceuticals Technology, College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, UAE
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Sharjah Institute for Medical Research, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, UAE
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Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, UAE
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Department of Family Medicine and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, UAE
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Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, UAE
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Laboratoire de bactériologie, Hygiène, EA 4331 LITEC, CHU de Poitiers, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers 86000, France
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Pathogens 2019, 8(2), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8020044
Received: 2 March 2019 / Revised: 23 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 1 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Human Pathogens)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been under continuous populational influences from Asia, Europe, and Africa, making it an ideal site for epidemiological studies on Helicobacter pylori. However, there has been a paucity of well-designed prevalence studies on H. pylori from UAE. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of H. pylori and its associated risk factors in the UAE. A prospective cross-sectional study was conducted on healthy asymptomatic residents of UAE. Socio-demographic, lifestyle, and gastrointestinal characteristics of participants were obtained through a questionnaire in parallel within the stool sample collection. A total of 350 participants were included in this study and were tested for H. pylori using the stool antigen test (Premier Platinum HpSAT). Out of the total tested study participants, 41% were found to be H. pylori-infected. Logistic regression analysis has shown a significant association between H. pylori infection and gender, age, ethnicity, profession, domestic overcrowding, source of drinking water, and gastrointestinal characteristics of participants. Based on the results from this study, we suggest that preventive measures against H. pylori infection should be considered worthy by public health authorities. View Full-Text
Keywords: prevalence; H. pylori; stool; Premier Platinum HpSAT; United Arab Emirates prevalence; H. pylori; stool; Premier Platinum HpSAT; United Arab Emirates
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Khoder, G.; Muhammad, J.S.; Mahmoud, I.; Soliman, S.S.M.; Burucoa, C. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori and Its Associated Factors among Healthy Asymptomatic Residents in the United Arab Emirates. Pathogens 2019, 8, 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8020044

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Khoder G, Muhammad JS, Mahmoud I, Soliman SSM, Burucoa C. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori and Its Associated Factors among Healthy Asymptomatic Residents in the United Arab Emirates. Pathogens. 2019; 8(2):44. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8020044

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Khoder, Ghalia; Muhammad, Jibran S.; Mahmoud, Ibrahim; Soliman, Sameh S.M.; Burucoa, Christophe. 2019. "Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori and Its Associated Factors among Healthy Asymptomatic Residents in the United Arab Emirates" Pathogens 8, no. 2: 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8020044

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