oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Some epidemiological aspects of intestinal helminth infections in a farmworker community in Burma Valley

Volume 29, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A survey of an agricultural community in Burma Valley revealed high prevalences of hookworm (88.5%), Ascaris lumbricoides (43.5%) and other helminths, although egg output per gram of faeces was low. Intensity of hookworm and A. lumbricoides infections by sex and in Zimbabweans and non-Zimbabweans living at the farm were statistically not significant. There were no marked differences in helminth infection rates among the various age groups observed. It is suggested that the moist conditions normally prevailing in the valley, crowded living conditions, inadequate excreta disposal and water supplies are responsible for the high prevalence of intestinal helminths in this area of Zimbabwe.

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