Serum immunoglobulin E level of children infected with intestinal parasite in Okada, Nigeria

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Abstract

Children especially in rural areas of Okada have high rates of intestinal parasitosis with a prevalence of 50%. Stool and blood sample were collected of 334 children which comprised of 152 females and 185 males. Intestinal parasitosis was confirmed by direct smear technique and formol-ether concentration method. Serum IgE level was estimated by ELISA method. It was revealed that children between the ages of 11 - 15 years had the highest incidence of intestinal parasite in both sex (73.3% of the males and 62.5% of the females). About 2-fold elevation in serum IgE level was demonstrated. Intervention program including early introduction of health education to children is advocated and environmental sanitation should be encouraged.

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Ehiaghe, A. , Agbonlahor, E. , Ifeanyichukwu, O. , Kester, D. , Ehiaghe, o. and Oviasogie, F. (2013) Serum immunoglobulin E level of children infected with intestinal parasite in Okada, Nigeria. Open Journal of Immunology, 3, 123-126. doi: 10.4236/oji.2013.33017.

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