AUTHOR: OKOLO, KASIE VITUS
DEPARTMENT: PARASITOLOGY AND ENTOMOLOGY
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
A study was conducted to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites among pupils in Unity primary school in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria. Of the 462 surveyed pupils, 47.6% had parasitic infection. Seven intestinal parasites were isolated; Ascaris lumbricoides (12.8%), Hookworm (7.6%), Strongyloides stercoralis (4.8%), Trichuris trichiura (1.9%), Entamoeba histolytica (11.0%), Entamoeba coli (6.7%), Giardia lamblia (2.8%). Prevalence rate was higher among (p > 0.5) males than females though not statistically significance. Pupils in the age-group 10-14 years had the highest prevalence value (61.4%) while those in age-group 5-9 years had the lowest prevalence value (24.1%). Infection was higher among those whose parents were farmers and traders than those of civil servants. Prevalence was also higher among nursery school pupils. Health education, sanitation and mass chemotherapy should be encouraged in order to control intestinal parasitic disease in the school.
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Tags: A. braziliensis L3, Ancylostoma sp., Anthelminthic drugs, Anthelminthics, Anti-protozoan drugs, Ascaris lumbricoides, Balantidium coli, Capillaria hepatica, Chemotherapy, Control of Intestinal parasites, Cryptosporidium parvum, Diagnosis of intestinal parasites, Diphyllobothrium latum, Entamoeba histolytica, Enterobius species, Enterobius vermicularis, Epidemiology of parasitic infections, Giardia lamblia, Hookworm, Hygiene, Intestinal amoebiasis, Necator amerianus, Parasitology and Entomology Thesis 2009., Phytotherapy, Pin worm, Public Health Consequences of Intestinal Parasites, Sanitation, Schistosoma haematobium, Schistosoma mansoni, Strongloides stercoralis, Taenia sp., Trichuris trichiura, Zoonotic infection