oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Studies on the incidence and seasonal pattern of hookworm infection in lactating mothers and the possible transmission to infants via the breastmilk, in Mombasa and Machakos, Kenya

Volume 27, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A study was carried out to determine if arrested development and transmammary transmission of hookworm occurred in the Machakos and Mombasa areas of Kenya. Although post natal maternity cases had a higher incidence of hookworm than that shown by hospital laboratory records for other sectors of the community, examination of breastmilk samples showed no infective larvae, and no marked seasonal pattern of hookworm incidence was observed indicating that arrest and milkborne transmission may not be an important feature of hookworm epidemiology in Kenya. Moreover the only species of hookworm observed was Necator americanus and it is suggested that with the provision of rural and urban health facilities and the use of modern anthelminthics Ancylostoma duodenale is now rare in Kenya and no longer constitutes a public health problem.

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