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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 10, No. 2, 2005, pp. 61-66
Bioline Code: ja06026
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2005, pp. 61-66

 en Studies on the Intestinal Worm (Helminthiasis) infestation in a Central Nigerian Rural Community
ANOSIKE, JC, ZACCHEAUS, VO, ADEIYONGO, CM ABANOBI, OC, DADA, EO, OKU, EE, KEKE, IR, UWAEZUOKE, JC, AMAJUOYI, OU, OBIUKWU, CE, NWOSU, DC, OGBUSU, FI

Abstract

The prevalence of intestinal helminth of residents of Naraguta rural community in Central Nigeria is presented. Out of 700 stool specimens examined between January and July 1999, 261 (37.3%) were positive for helminthic infections. Helminths encountered include Hookworm, Schistosoma mansoni check for this species in other resources , Trichuris trichiura check for this species in other resources , Strongyloides stercoralis check for this species in other resources , Ascaris lumbricoides check for this species in other resources , and Hymenolepis nana check for this species in other resources . Hookworm was the most predominant, followed by S. stercoralis, S. mansoni and A. lumbricoides with T. trichiura as the least. Intestinal helminthiasis was equally prevalent for males and females. However, infection rates were high among persons below ten years of age, in toddlers, housewives and farmers than others. Persons defecating in the bush harbored more worms (56.7%) than pit latrine users (43.3%). Free medical diagnosis in most rural communities in Nigeria are probably justifiable and should be promoted and/or sustained by government. For protective purposes, conscientious personal cleanliness, proper sanitation and controlled good water supplies would be more useful. @JASEM

 
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