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Prevalence of parasitic diseases among nomadic Fulanis of south-eastern Nigeria.
 
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Nomadic Research Programme Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria
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Department of Zoology, University of Jos, Nigeria
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Department of Microbiology/Industrial Microbiology Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria
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Jude C. Anosike   

Nomadic Reseach Program Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, Imo State University, Owerri, PMB 2000 Owerri, Nigeria.
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2004;11(2):221–225
 
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A study was carried out to determine the prevalence of parasitic infections among the nomadic Fulanis of south-eastern Nigeria between September 2003-March 2004. Urine, stool and blood specimens were collected from each of 231 subjects. Of these, 98 (42.4%) were infected with one or more of 14 parasitic species, of which Plasmodium malariae had the highest prevalence (15.3%). Others included 6 intestinal helminth parasites: Ascaris lumbricoides, hookworm, Strongyloides stercoralis,Schistosoma mansoni, Enterobius vermicularis, Trichocephalus trichiurus, 2 protozoan parasites: Entamoebahistolytica and E. coli, 4 blood parasites: Mansonella perstans, Loa loa, Trypanosoma sp, Plasmodium falciparum, as well as Schistosoma haematobium recovered in the urine. Prevalence of these parasitic infections varied significantly among bush encampments, sexes, and age groups. They had evidence of onchocerciasis. Their occupational imperatives, beliefs and general life style are contributing factors to the prevalenceof parasitic infections among the nomadic Fulanis of south eastern Nigeria. Aspects of prevalence and control of parasitic infections are discussed.
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