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