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Parasitic contamination of vegetables in some selected markets in Katsina Metropolis, North -Western Nigeria

Shinkafi Buhari Yusuf, Zary Shariman Yahaya, Fauziya Umar, Sani Zakariya

This study evaluated the prevalence of parasitic contamination of vegetables in Katsina Metropolis. Out of 180 vegetable examined 77 were found infected representing over roll prevalence of 42.7%. The highest prevalence was recorded in Ascaris lumbricoid nematode representing25% and 58% of total and infected samples respectively. The least prevalence rate was recorded in Ova of Hymenolepsis nana with 1.11% and 2.60% respectively. The Statistical significance difference was observed among the selected markets, with Kofarmarusa market having the highest contamination rate of 48.33% compared to others at p< 0.05. Lettuce had a high contamination ration rate of 60% as compared to spinach, cabbage and tomatoes. Our data demonstrated for the first time the importance of raw vegetables in a transmission of some intestinal parasites and highlight the role of raw vegetables in threatening public health in Katsina metropolis. Effective measures are necessary to reduce parasitic contamination of vegetables.


Keywords: Vegetable; Parasitic infection; Contamination, Market and Katsina metropolis


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