keywords: Schitosoma haematobium, prevalence, risk, children, activities, Odenyi
This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of Schitosoma haematobium among primary school children in Odenyi, Bassa Local Government Area, Kogi State, Nigeria. A total of 113 urine samples were collected aseptically in sterile universal bottles and analyzed microscopically for schitosoma haematobium eggs. The study showed an overall prevalence of 43.3% with a higher prevalence among the males (45.1%) than females (41.1%) although not statistically significant (P>0.05). Among the water contacts activities examined in the study, swimming (80.0%), farming (66.7%) and washing in the stream (62.5%) posed higher risks of infection, respectively.