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Prevalence of urinary schistosomiasis among residents of Waduku in Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa
A total of 300 urine samples were examined for ova of Schistosoma haematobiun in rural community of Waduku. One hundred and forty-four (48.0%) of those examined were infected. The males were observed to have a prevalence rate of 54.0% than females (46.0%). It was observed that residents within age-group of 10-20 years
(52.0%) were the most infected. While the least (37.5%) was recorded in residents aged 41 years and above. There was a significant difference between infection and occupation, with fishermen (65.2%) and farmers (50.7%) been the most infected and civil servant (33.3%) were the least infected (p<0.05). The presence of natural lake, coupled with the nature of occupation and water contact behavour was observed to be an important factor in the transmission of urinary schistosomiasis in the study-area.
Keywords: urinary schistosomiasis, prevalence, infection, occupation, Adamawa State, Nigeria.
Nigerian Journal of Parasitology Vol. 28 (2) 2007: pp. 65-68