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Ann Afr Med. 2007 Sep;6(3):115-8.

Parasitic contamination of vegetables in Jos, Nigeria.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. damenjgd@yahoo.com

Abstract

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.

PMID:
18240499
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