International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies

Volume 1, Issue 5

Urinary Schistosomiasis among inhabitants of Aluu, rivers state, Nigeria

Author(s): Lucy Anyaegbunam, Zita Obi

Abstract: The investigation of Urinary Schistosomiasis was carried out in Aluu community in Rivers State, Nigeria. This was because of the lifestyle of the inhabitants who are mostly farmers and fishermen. A total of 1,500 individuals was sampled from the seven quarters of the community made up of 755(50.3%) males and 745(49.7%) females. Urine samples were collected from the consented individuals in pre -numbered, screw capped bottles, between 10.00 am to 1.30 pm. 10 ml of each sample was centrifuged for parasitological examination. The overall infection recorded from the investigation was 2.0%. In the community related infection, the following was recorded, Mbodo (1.3%) and Omahunwo (0.7%) while other communities had no infection. The infection was found to be sex dependent that is all the positive results recorded were males, 30(2.0%). According to age specific infection, the results were 40 – 49(1.7%) and 50 – 59(0.3%) respectively. The occupational assessment of the infection stood as, fishermen (1.47%) and farmers (0.53%). Aluu community, though recorded low infection rate, requires prompt treatment of the infected few to avoid subsequent spread to healthy areas.

 

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