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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 135-7

Prevalence of onchocerciasis in Blue Nile valley of western Ethiopia.


JIMMA Institute of Health, Sciences, Illubabor, JIMMA, Ethiopia

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C Jira
JIMMA Institute of Health, Sciences, Illubabor, JIMMA, Ethiopia

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PMID: 8077003

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A epidemiological study of Onchocerciasis among different ethnic groups in the Blue Nile valley of Western Ethiopia was conducted to obtain baseline data on disease prevalence, skin snips samples were obtained from 493 persons, representing different ethnic groups (Nilotic and Oromos), living under different geographic and climatic conditions (lowlands, Midland and highland) or Mendi district for parasitological verification. A total of 169 (34%) had microfilariae of the skin by direct microscopy. The highest prevalence rate (81%) was found among the Nilotic people living along the southern banks of the Blue Nile River. Most patient had wide spread skin infection. Epidemiological differences were also observed.


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