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Prevalence and socioeconomic factors in schistosoma haematobium infection in a Ghanian community

JO Awotunde, EO Okanla, BN Agba

Abstract


Prevalence of Schistosoma haematobium infections was assessed among 160 students of Twohofo Holy International School. Cape Coast, Ghana. Overall prevalence was 34.4%, with males and females having prevalence
of 32.3% and 35.8% respectively. Ago group 6-B years had 30%, while 24.2% were infected in age group 9-11 years. Prevalence was 48.2% in age group 12-14 years and 50% in age group 15-17 years. Parental occupation had affect on prevalence with children of self-employed parents showing significantly higher prevalence then children of salaried employees of government and private companies. Knowledge of the disease was very low among the subjects.



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