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Authors Name: Ogomaka,Ijeoma Ann
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Published Paper Id: IJRTI2208105
Published In: Volume 7 Issue 8, August-2022
Abstract: Background: Food handlers offer very important services to the general public especially those who are either on transit o r those who could not afford to eat before leaving their homes and thus serve as veritable source of intestinal parasite transmission. A cross sectional survey on the prevalence of intestinal parasites among female food handlers in Owerri municipality was carried out between June and December, 2021. Materials: A total of 456 stool specimens were aseptically collected from food handlers and analysed using wet mounts and concentration techniques while a well-structured questionnaire was used to source information on demographic characteristics of the handlers. Result: The result obtained revealed that out of 456 food handlers examined, 247(54.2%) had intestinal parasites. Among the six parasites (Ascaris lumbricoides, Hookworm, Trichuris trichuria, Strongyloides stercoralis, Enteamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia) encountered, Ascaris lumbricoides had the highest prevalence of 190(76.9%) while Giardia lamblia had the least prevalence of 5(2.0%).Age related prevalence showed age group 41 and above of having the highest prevalence of 38(66.7) while the least infected group was age <20 with prevalence of 41(41.8%). The distribution of the parasites with respect to age also showed age groups 21 -30 and 31 – 40 of having highest parasites distribution while the least group was age >20 with least parasites. Factors associated with the parasites transmissions showed significant differences, (P<0.05) on educational status, sources of water available to the handlers and preparation sites. However, prevalence does not depend on the selling points, (P>0.05).The results from the survey have revealed the dangers the handlers and those that patronize them are exposed to. Therefore, urgent education of the handlers on the benefits of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation should be encouraged. Government at all levels should return the services of public health officers to help curb the menace of improper handling of foods through regular inspection. Awareness on the importance of clean environment and danger of not complying with good hygiene should be carried out in the area.
Keywords: Intestinal Parasites, Food-handlers, female, Transmission and hygiene
Cite Article: " PREVALENCE OF INTESTINAL PARASITES AMONG FEMALE FOOD HANDLERS IN OWERRI MUNICIPAL, IMO STATE, NIGERIA.", International Journal of Science & Engineering Development Research (, ISSN:2455-2631, Vol.7, Issue 8, page no.609 - 614, August-2022, Available :
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