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The prevalence and intensity of the infection caused by schistosomiasis and geohelmintiasis were studied in relation to irrigated rice cultivation in Côte d’Ivoire. In a cross-sectional study conducted on schistosomiasis in Niakaramandougou, in the savannah (North) area of Côte d’Ivoire, from April to September 2001, the potential importance of soil-transmitted helminth infections was assessed. Villages were classified according to the surrounding inland valleys into two agro-ecosystems: (R2) full or partial water control allowing two rice cycles per year and (R0), the absence of rice growing. Urine and stool samples were collected from children in two villages in the savannah zone. Three hundred and fifty-three (353) children aged 4 to 15 years were examined, of whom 220 were from Kafiné village (R2) and 133 from Pékaha village (R0). The prevalence of Schistosoma haematobium was 10%, and 2.3% in R2 and R0 respectively. S. mansoni prevalence was 29.1% in R2 and 31.6% in R0. Ascariasis lumbricoides (12.3%) and Trichuris trichuira were the only species present in the two agro-ecosystems. Prevalences of S. haematobium adjusted for the effects on the villages were significantly different in the two agro-ecosystems. In savannah rice growing villages, negative binomial regression on the intensity of the infection of S. haematobium showed significant positive relations with the surface of rice cultivated inland valleys, whereas uncultivated inland valleys showed no significant relation. However, S. mansoni infection intensity showed significant negative relations with infection intensity of each agro-ecosystem.
Keywords: Rice; Irrigation; Schistosomiasis; S. mansoni; S. haematobium; Agro-ecosystem; Côte d’Ivoire.