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Prevalence of Intestinal Amoebiasis in School Age Children in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of Sci. Laboratory Tech., School of Science and Technology, Nasarawa State Polytechnic, P.M.B 109, Lafia, Nasarawa State, NIGERIA
  • 2 Department of Biological Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Minna, NIGERIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 42-45, July,10 (2013)

Abstract

Amoebiasis has a worldwide distribution. It causes death, impairs the physical, mental and intellectual development thereby exerting tremendous impact on productivity of individuals especially the youngsters. This study determined the prevalence of amoebiasis in school age children in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. One hundred and twenty (120) stool samples were examined for the cysts and/or trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica using the direct smear and formol/ether concentration techniques. Thirty two (26.7%) of the samples were found to be positive for the parasite. The highest prevalence of 40.0% was recorded among children from Government Secondary School Tudun Kauri. There was no significant difference (P&

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