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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