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Merit Research Journal of Medicine and Medical
Sciences (ISSN: 2354-323X) Vol. 5(7) pp.
354-358, July, 2017
Copyright © 2017 Merit Research Journals
Original Research Article
Human Enteric Helminthiasis in Children Aged 5
to 15 Years in Aro-Ndizuogu, Imo State, Nigeria
and Environmental Biology Department, Abia State University,
Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria.
2Biology/Microbiology Department, Abia State
Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted July 24, 2017
The public health
and socio-economic consequences of enteric helminthiasis are of
immense concerns in the rural communities of the developing
countries. In this study, prevalence of enteric helminthiasis in
children aged 5 to 15 years in Aro-Ndizuogu community, Imo
State, Nigeria, was surveyed between July and October, 2016.
Faecal specimens of 164 children (86 males, 78 females) were
collected and analyzed using wet mount (normal saline) and
concentrated saturated sodium chloride floatation techniques.
Chi-square was used to determine if there was any relationship
between sex, age and the prevalence of enteric helminthiasis. Of
the 164 children examined, 130 (79.3%) had enteric helminthiasis.
Prevalences of six forms of helminthiasis observed were
ascariasis (48.2%), hookworm infection (21.3%), taeniasis
(7.3%), enterobiasis (11.2%), trichuriasis (0.6%) and
strongyloidiasis (0.6%), while the causative helminth species
identified were Ascaris lumbricoides, hookworm sp.,
Taenia sp, Enterobius vermicularis, Trichuris trichiura and
Strongyloides stercoralis, respectively. 114 (87.7%) had
single helminthiasis while 16 (12.3%) suffered from double
helminthiasis: ascariasis+hookworm infection (8.4%),
trichuriasis+hookworm infection (2.3%), taeniasis+hookworm
infection (0.8%), ascariasis+taeniasis (0.8). No significant
association was observed among enteric helminthiasis prevalence,
sex and age in the population studied. Results of this study
revealed that enteric helminthiasis are still highly prevalent
among children living in rural communities of Nigeria, where
poor hygienic practices and unsanitary conditions are
responsible for the high prevalence. Regular deworming of
children and health education through primary health care could
be used as control measure.
Keywords: Enteric Helminthiasis, Children,