Lymphatic Filariasis In Some Wards In Bodinga Local Government Area Of Sokoto State, Nigeria

Attah O. A, Adamu T, Yahaya M. M, A. A Farouq, A.Y Bala, D. Y Kanya, V. E. Ukatu
2017 Zenodo  
The National Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programme (NLFEP) is committed to eradicate the lymphatic filariasis (LF) from Nigeria. Succeeding in this programme requires the availability of information on the distribution and nature of the disease from different parts of the country. Unfortunately, this is still not readily available. In this light, epidemiological study was carried out in five (5) wards in Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State using Onsite Filariasis IgG/IgM Combo
more » ... id Test specific for Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi and search for clinical manifestations (hydrocele and lymphoedema). Out of the Two Hundred and Twenty-nine (229) individuals analysed, twenty-three (23) tested positive and this represents a prevalence of 10.0%. Infection rate was highest in Bangi/Dagaba ward with 13.3%. The males were more infected than the females; however, the difference is not statistically significant (P>0.05%). The age bracket 70 and above showed the highest rate of infection, 18.2%. The unmarried individuals were significantly more infected than the married ones (P<0.05). No clinical sign was observed in the study area. Mass drug administration is recommended for these wards since the prevalence rate is above 1% and this could enhance the achievement of the goal of eradicating the disease from the country.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.556471 fatcat:p5prpyjir5hgrfsp52v2i2gd3e