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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 95, No. 2, 2000, pp. 147-149
Bioline Code: oc00025
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 95, No. 2, 2000, pp. 147-149

 en Frequency of Human Toxocariasis in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
OO Ajayi; DD Duhlinska; SM Agwale & M Njoku

Abstract

The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Elisa) was used to examine sera of 104 children and adults in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria for anti-toxocaral antibodies, out of which 31 (29.8%) were reactive.

The seropositive rates were 30.4% for adults, 29.6% for children, 34% for females and 25.9% for males. However, the differences were not significant by age and sex. A highly significant association (p < 0.001) was observed between seropositivity and geophagia but none between seropositivity and dog ownership (p > 0.05).

Keywords
seroprevalence - Toxocara - enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay - Nigeria

 
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