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Intestinal Helminthic Infection in Numan (Northeast Nigeria)

Volume 5, Issue 2, February 2014, Pages 102–105

 Intestinal Helminthic Infection in Numan (Northeast Nigeria)

Oriakpono Josephine Enimien1, Sani Abdullahi Fana2, and Wama Binga Emmanuel3

1 Department of Zoology, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, PMB 2079, Yola, Nigeria
2 Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, PMB 2346, Sokoto, Nigeria
3 Department of Biological Sciences, Taraba State University, PMB 1667 Jalingo, Nigeria

Original language: English

Received 9 October 2013

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intestinal helminthes are the most common diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa with a very higher negative public health and socio-economic impacts. Mass drug administration is one programme aimed at controlling the disease. The exercise has not been successful in Nigeria due to low levels of living standards, poor environmental sanitation, and ignorance of simple health-promoting behaviours. Due to negative impacts of helmithiasis, there is therefore the need for good preventive and control measures. This can not be done effectively without a baseline data on the occurrence of helminthiasis in a particular area. A study of prevalence of intestinal helminthes infections among inhabitants of five villages in Numan local Government area Adamawa, Nigeria was carried out using formal-ether concentration method. Out of the 296 subjects examined, 27(9.1%) were found to be infected with at least one helminth. The prevalence of intestinal helminthes found were Taenia spp (3.7%), Hookworm (3.4%), and Ascaris lumbricoides (2.0%). There was no significant association between helminthic infection and sex (P>0.05). There was no significant association between prevalence and age (P>0.05). Teania spp had the highest prevalence among subjects examined. Prevalence and co- infection was highest in Salti village. Intestinal helminthes are of public health importance in the area, and control measures are imperative.

Author Keywords: Intestinal helminthes, Prevalence, Numan, Ascaris lumbricoides, Hookworm, Taenia spp.

How to Cite this Article

Oriakpono Josephine Enimien, Sani Abdullahi Fana, and Wama Binga Emmanuel, “Intestinal Helminthic Infection in Numan (Northeast Nigeria),” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 102–105, February 2014.