Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment




Vol 2, Issue 3&4,2004
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255


Comparative study on intestinal parasites amongst secondary school pupils in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, South-Western Nigeria


Author(s):

T. T. Adebolu *, N. A. Badmus

Recieved Date: 2004-07-12, Accepted Date: 2004-10-26

Abstract:

A total of 200 stool samples were collected from apparently healthy secondary school pupils in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State, South-Western Nigeria to know the types and distribution of intestinal parasites that are prevalent amongst them. Out of the 200 pupils examined (100 pupils attending public schools and 100 pupils attending private schools), 95 (47.5%) were positive with the presence of one type of intestinal parasite or the other irrespective of the type of school. The following intestinal parasites were isolated and identified: hookworm (40%), Ascaris lumbricoides (45.5%), Trichuris trichuria (5.5%) and Taenia saginata (12.5%). In all the age groups sampled (10-20 years), infection was found to be higher in pupils attending public secondary schools than in those attending private secondary schools.

Keywords:

Secondary school pupils, type of school, stool samples, intestinal parasites


Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2004
Volume: 2
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 10-13


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