A survey of the prevalence of Schistosomiasis among pupils in Apata and Laranto areas in Jos, Plateau State
Okpala, H.O.; Agwu, E.; Agba, M.I.; Chimezie, O.R.; Nwobu, G.O. and Ohihoin, A.A. (2004) A survey of the prevalence of Schistosomiasis among pupils in Apata and Laranto areas in Jos, Plateau State. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 3 (1). ISSN 0972-5997
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Prevalence of Schistosomiasis in apparently healthy primary school pupils in Apata and Laranto areas of Jos was surveyed using 300 samples of stool and 300 samples of urine. The stool samples were processed using formol ether concentration techniques while the urine samples were processed by ordinary centrifugal sedimentation technique. The overall prevalence of urinary (Schistosoma haematobium) and intestinal (Schistosoma mansoni) schistosomiasis was 0.67%, with three samples (1% prevalence) positive for intestinal (Schistosoma mansoni) and one sample (0.33% prevalence) positive for urinary (Schistosoma haematobium) schistosomiasis respectively. Two of the three cases positive for Schistosoma mansoni were males in the age group of 11–15 years and the one positive for Schistosoma haematobium was a male patient. Prevalence in the studied area is therefore very low and immigration, sex and age dependent.
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