Arthropod-Associated Skin Diseases among Occupants of Five Designated Junior Staffs\' Quarters in Owerri and Enugu, Nigeria

  • OO Ikpeze
  • C Iwueke
  • AE Onyido
  • CO Okwuosa
Keywords: Arthropod, Skin diseases, Socio-economic status, Residents


A total of 650 residents from 5 designated junior staffs' quarters in Owerri and Enugu, south-eastern Nigeria were visually examined for arthropod-associated skin diseases between May 2005 and June 2006. Overall, 428 (65.8%) were affected, but prevalence differed according to residence (58.74%), gender (65.30%), age-group (64.88%) and crowding index (62.80%). Scabies was observed on about 46% of the affected individuals, followed by Pediculosis (33%), Tungiasis (11%) and Bedbug-related infection (10%). Tungiasis was dependent on residence but independent of gender, age-group and crowding index. Scabies was dependent on residence and age-group but not on gender and crowding index. Pediculosis was dependent on age-group but independent of residence, gender and crowding index (P>0.05). Bedbug-related infection was however dependent on residence but not on gender, age and crowding index.

Keywords: Arthropod, Skin diseases, Socio-economic status, Residents

Bio-Research Vol. 6 (2) 2008: pp.359-363

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