Schistosoma mansoni in pregnancy and associations with anaemia in northwest Tanzania.


Ajanga, A; Lwambo, NJ; Blair, L; Nyandindi, U; Fenwick, A; Brooker, S; (2006) Schistosoma mansoni in pregnancy and associations with anaemia in northwest Tanzania. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 100 (1). pp. 59-63. ISSN 0035-9203 DOI: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2005.06.024

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Abstract

Schistosomiasis among pregnant women has been inadequately investigated. In order to determine the importance of Schistosoma mansoni in this subgroup, we conducted a cross-sectional survey of 972 women in Tanzania and investigated the prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni, hookworm and malaria and their associations with anaemia. Overall, 63.5% of women were infected with S. mansoni, with prevalence highest among younger women and decreasing with increasing age. The prevalence of hookworm was 56.3%, and 16.4% of women had malaria parasitaemia. Overall, 66.4% of women were anaemic. Increased risk of anaemia was associated with heavy infection with S. mansoni but not hookworm or Plasmodium falciparum parasitaemia.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 16219330
Web of Science ID: 233764200012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/11665

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