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JPAS. 2018; 15(1): 40-45

Intestinal schistosomiasis among some inhabitants of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, Central Nigeria

William Aliyu Istifanus, Anyanwu Frank Chinedu, Sam Mao Panda, Santaya Larit Kela, Adamu Babayo Samaila.

Human schistomiasis is endemic and still remains a public health problem in Nigeria. Most reported cases of the disease have focused mainly on the urinary form with the intestinal form less reported.. Thus 600 fresh stool samples from consenting individuals in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State an endermic foci of schistosomiasis were collected and fixed in 10% formol-saline solution and processed using the Kato-katz technique. Prevalence of infection between ages and gender were tested using Chi-square (x^2) while one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used in analyzing data relating to occupation. Association between infection and occupation was assessed by the independent student t-test. Freshwater snails were sampled using a scoop net and pair of forceps. Infection was significantly higher in younger than older individuals (P

Key words: Schistosomiasis, Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State, Central Nigeria.

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