Title: Epidemiological studies of human fascioliasis among selected individuals in northern Bauchi state, Nigeria
Authors: Usman Mohammed Isah, Abdulrasheed Dalhatu
Ranked under the food/plant Trematode zoonoses, human fascioliasis is now regarded as a neglected tropical disease. Despite its worldwide appearance, data on the prevalence of this disease from several African countries is lacking. Studies on the epidemiology of human fascioliasis in northern Bauchi state was carried out to access prevalence and general level of awareness about the disease. 400 random stool samples from patients who visited a centrally placed hospital were analyzed using formol ether concentration technique. A semi structured questioner was also administered to adults above the age of 20 years. The results indicated a total prevalence of 3.5% among patients with significant difference between sexes. Level of awareness on fascioliasis was generally low, 79% of the respondents never heard of the disease before this survey. Public awareness campaigns and follow up prevalence studies were recommended.
Keywords: epidemiological; fascioliasis; human; prevalence.