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Prevalence and associated factors of Plasmodium falciparum and soil transmitted helminth infections among pregnant women in Osun state, Nigeria

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dc.contributor.author Ojurongbe, Olusola
dc.contributor.author Okorie, Patricia Nkem
dc.contributor.author Opatokun, Rofiat Labake
dc.contributor.author Ojurongbe, Taiwo Adetola
dc.contributor.author Mabayoje, Victor Olatunji
dc.contributor.author Olowe, Olugbenga Adekunle
dc.contributor.author Adeyeba, Oluwaseyi Adegboyega
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-12T12:09:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-12T12:09:53Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Ojurongbe O, Okorie PN, Opatokun RL, Ojurongbe TA, Mabayoje VO, Olowe OA, Adeyeba OA. Prevalence and associated factors of plasmodium falciparum and soil transmitted helminth infections among pregnant women in Osun state, Nigeria. Afri Health Sci. 2018;18(3): 542-551. https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ahs.v18i3.11 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://awdflibrary.org:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/672
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background: Plasmodium falciparum and soil transmitted helminth (STHs) infection are widespread in sub-Sahara Africa, where co-infection is also common. This study assessed the prevalence of these infections and their risk factors among pregnant women in Osogbo, Nigeria. Methods: A total of 200 pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic were recruited. Plasmodium falciparum was detected using thick and thin film methods, while formol ether concentration method was used for STHs detection. A questionnaire was used to investigate the possible risk factors associated with acquisition of malaria and helminth infections. Results: The prevalence of P. falciparum, STHs and their co-infection was 29.5%, 12% and 5% respectively. P. falciparum, STHs and P. falciparum + STHs co-infection was significantly higher in primigravidae (52.5% vs 58.3% vs 80%) than in secongravidae (18.6% vs 25.0% vs 20%) and multigravidae (28.8% vs 16.7% vs 0%) (p=0.02). Prevalence associated factors identified for P. falciparum was age (p=0.0001) while gravidity (p=0.02) was identified for P. falciparum + STHs co-infection. Conclusion: High prevalence of P. falciparum and helminth infections was observed among the pregnant women with primigravidae being the most susceptible to co-infection. There is an urgent need to implement an effective malaria and STHs preventive method for this high risk population. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Health Sciences;Vol 18 Issue 3
dc.subject Co-infection en_US
dc.subject Pregnant Women en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject STHs en_US
dc.subject Plasmodium falciparum en_US
dc.subject soil transmitted helminth infections en_US
dc.title Prevalence and associated factors of Plasmodium falciparum and soil transmitted helminth infections among pregnant women in Osun state, Nigeria en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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