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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 12, No. 2, 2009, pp. 101-105
Bioline Code: md09018
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2009, pp. 101-105

 en High Prevalence of Urinary Schistosomiasis in a Nigerian Community
Mbata, T.I.; Orji, M.U. & Oguoma, V.M.

Abstract

The prevalence of urinary schistosomiasis in Ogbadibo Local Government Area, Benue State, Nigeria was investigated. Out of 657 urine samples examined, 300 (46.6%) showed the presence of Schistosoma haematobium check for this species in other resources . Of the 300 positive samples, 152 (23.13%) were from males and 148 (22.52%) were from females. Owukpa and Eha zones showed higher prevalence 10.8% and 10.35% respectively than the other three zones. Statistical analysis showed that the prevalence of the disease in the study is neither sex, nor age dependent, hence there was no observed significant difference (p>0.05), though the age group 11-20 years (9.56%) has a slightly higher prevalence than other age groups. There was a close relationship between haematuria and positive urine samples. The presence of many snail species especially the Bulinus check for this species in other resources species, and increased contact time with the Schistosoma haematobium check for this species in other resources infested freshwater habitat were thought to be responsible for the prevalence of the disease in the area.

Keywords
Prevalence, Urinary Schistosomiasis.

 
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