oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Prevalence of antibodies to human serogroups of yersinia enterocolitica in blood donors in Nigeria

Volume 32, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



One thousand blood sera, obtained from apparently healthy male blood donors engaged in different professional jobs in Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria, were screened for antibodies to Yersinia enterocolitica serogroups 0:3; 0:5,27; 8:8; and 0:9 using the standard tube agglutination test. Ninety-nine (9,9%) of the study population were seropositive. Serogroup 0:3 accounted for the highest antibody prevalence (6,0%) and serogroup 0:8 (0,5%) was the least seen. The prevalence of Yersinia antibodies was generally higher in donors who were by occupation in close contact with animals, This study suggests that animals may play a significant role in the epidemiology of human yersiniosis and that blood transfusion may contribute to the spread of the disease.

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