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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 96, No. 8, 2001, pp. 1055-1059
Bioline Code: oc01204
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 96, No. 8, 2001, pp. 1055-1059

 en Plasmodium check for this species in other resources /intestinal Helminth Co-infections among Pregnant Nigerian Women
AO Egwunyenga; JA Ajayi; OPG Nmorsi & DD Duhlinska-Popova

Abstract

Hospital based studies were conducted to investigate the occurrence of Plasmodium check for this species in other resources /intestinal helminth co-infections among pregnant Nigerian women, and their effects on birthweights, anaemia and spleen size. From 2,104 near-term pregnant women examined, 816 (38.8%) were found to be infected with malaria parasites. Among the 816 parasitaemic subjects, 394 (48.3%) were also infected with intestinal helminths, 102 (12.5%) having mixed helminth infections. The prevalence of the helminth species found in stool samples of parasitaemic subjects examined was, Ascaris lumbricoides (19.1%), hookworm (14.2%), Trichuris trichiura check for this species in other resources (7%) Schistosoma mansoni check for this species in other resources (3.4%), Enterobius vermicularis check for this species in other resources (2%), Hymenolepis check for this species in other resources sp. (1.6%) and Taenia check for this species in other resources sp. (1%). Mothers with Plasmodium infection but without intestinal helminth infection had neonates of higher mean birthweights than those presenting both Plasmodium and intestinal helminth infections and this effect was more pronounced in primigravids. The mean haemoglobin values of malarial mothers with intestinal helminth infections were lower than those with Plasmodium infection but without intestinal helminth infections but these were not statistically significant. Severe splenomegaly was predominant among parasitaemic gravidae who also harboured S. mansoni infection in two of the hospitals studied.

Keywords
Plasmodium, intestinal helminths, pregnant women, haemoglobin values, Nigeria

 
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