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Anemia and Co-Infection of P. falciparum and Hookworm among School Children in Kinondoni District Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Rehesina H. Senkoro, Titus K. Kabalimu

Abstract: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in Kinondoni district from January to June 2015. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of co-infection of malaria and hookworm plus anemia in school-aged children. Stool and blood samples were collected from 332 children aged 6-14 years. Hemoglobin concentration (Hb) was determined by using portable HaemoCue. Giemsa-stained blood film was examined to detect malaria parasites while Kato Katz technique was used to detect hookworm ova. The Pearsons chi-square, Students T-test, and Multivariate analysis were performed using SPSS version 20. The prevalence of malaria, hookworm, co-infection, and anemia were 13.5% 27.7% 7.5% and 22% respectively. The mean Hb was 10.51 g/dl (1.31). Mean Hb in co-infected children was low compared to those with a single infection. The prevalence of co-infection was high among 6-11 years. Ascaris lumbricoides was another parasite that was isolated in this study. This study showed that anaemia, malaria and hookworm co-infection are prevalent in school-aged children and an intervention to address the rate of malaria, hookworm, and anemia in the study area should be considered.

Keywords: Plasmodium falciparum, Hookworm, Co-infection, Anemia, School children

Country: Tanzania, Subject Area: Medical Microbiology

Pages: 204 - 211

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 7, July 2019

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Rehesina H. Senkoro, Titus K. Kabalimu, "Anemia and Co-Infection of P. falciparum and Hookworm among School Children in Kinondoni District Dar es Salaam Tanzania", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v8i7/show_abstract.php?id=ART20199121, Volume 8 Issue 7, July 2019, 204 - 211

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