Annals of African Medicine

RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 115--118

Parasitic contamination of vegetables in Jos, Nigeria


JG Damen, EB Banwat, DZ Egah, JA Allanana 
 Department of Medical Microbiology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
J G Damen
Department of Medical Microbiology, Jos University Teaching Hospital,P. M. B. 2076, Jos, Plateau State
Nigeria

Background : Intestinal parasites are very common in developing countries including Nigeria. There are diverse ways of their transmission; the study attempts to determine the level of intestinal parasitic contamination on vegetables sold in Jos. Methods : Sample of 200 each of Tomatoes (Lycopersium sativus), Letus (Loctus satival) Carrot (Davcus carota L) Cabbage (Brassica Denceal) and Green leafy vegetables were analyzed using standardized Centrifugal-floatation technique methods. Results : Of the 1250 samples of vegetables examined, 450 (36.0%) were positive for intestinal parasites, cabbage recorded the highest prevalence of 64% while tomatoes had the least prevalence of 20%. Conclusion : Vegetables in Jos are heavily contaminated with intestinal parasites and there is need for public enlightenment campaign on the danger of consuming inadequately washed and prepared vegetables.


How to cite this article:
Damen J G, Banwat E B, Egah D Z, Allanana J A. Parasitic contamination of vegetables in Jos, Nigeria.Ann Afr Med 2007;6:115-118


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Damen J G, Banwat E B, Egah D Z, Allanana J A. Parasitic contamination of vegetables in Jos, Nigeria. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2007 [cited 2019 Nov 21 ];6:115-118
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