Pam Et Al


Pam et al

Journal of Agricultural Sciences,
 Vol. 5 (6),
217-222, November

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 080315110




Intensity of Contamination of Vegetables in
different Markets in Jos South Local Government  Area of Plateau State


Pam, D.D.1, Pam, V.A.2,
Bot, C.C.3, Abdullateef, M.H.3, Ogbu, K.I.4


1University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

2Department of Parasitology, FCAH&PT,National
Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria University
of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

3Deparment of Animal Health,
FCAH&PT, National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State,



A total of one hundred and sixty (160) vegetable samples where
collected in Jos South Local Government, from two different markets (Building
material and Vom market) between May to June 2013 for analysis. These vegetable
samples include cabbage, carrot, garden egg, lettuce, and spinach. They were
screened using normal saline sedimentation technique. Cysts, ova and larvae of
intestinal protozoa, Cestodes and nematode were recovered. 88 (55.0%) of the
sample were positive for different species of parasites. Strongyloides
stercoralis 38.63% had the highest occurrence follow Entameoba coli, with 34
(38.63%),  29 (32.9%)  were observed for Hookworm, Hymenolepis nana had
the least  with 5 (5.68%). Cabbage with 27.00% had the highest parasitic
load, spinach was found to have the least multiple parasites 
contamination of sixteen  (16%). The results from this work shows an
indication that animal parasites can be acquired through the consumption of
these vegetables, especially when not properly and hygienically prepared before
taken to market.  


Keywords: Contamination,
Vegetables, Markets, Plateau State.

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