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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 12, No. 3, 2009, pp. 181-185
Bioline Code: md09031
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2009, pp. 181-185

 en Asymptomatic Intestinal Parasites in School Children at Ota, Ogun State
Ogbolu, D.O.; Anorue, M. C.; Terry Alli, O. A.; Olaosun, I.I. & Olusoga-Ogbolu, F.F.

Abstract

A total of 394 stool samples was examined from apparently healthy school children in 2 primary schools (public and private) within the age group 2-16 years at Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria between March and August, 2007 in order to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection in these asymptomatic school children. One hundred and sixty-four (41.6%) of these pupils harboured various species of intestinal parasites, there was mixed infections in twenty one pupils which gave total intestinal parasites as 46.9%. Giardia lamblia check for this species in other resources (11.92%) and Entamoeba histolytica check for this species in other resources (10.15%) were found to be more prevalent, while the least prevalent organisms were Trichuris trichiuria check for this species in other resources (1.01%) and Strongyloides stercoralis check for this species in other resources (1.01%). The prevalence of asymptomatic intestinal parasites was significantly higher in children attending the public school (P = 0.0028; P < 0.05) than those attending the private school. There was no significant difference between the socio-economic status of the parents and the rate of infection of their children (P = 0.08; P > 0.05). This study thus advocates routine periodic screening even of the healthy pupils for intestinal parasitosis to minimize morbidity and mortality and improve infrastructure in our school especially the public ones.

Keywords
intestinal parasites, Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, School, Nigeria

 
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