A Prospective Study of Lymphatic Filariasis in an Endemic Village of Kapilbastu District, Nepal

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  • R. Gupta Central Deprtment of Zoology Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu
  • J. Lanichhane Central Department of Zoology Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/eco.v13i0.1626

Keywords:

Prevalence, Lymphatic filariasis, Microfilaria, Crude disease rate.

Abstract

Lymphatic filariasis is a major problems health problem in Nepal. A prospective study was conducted in Maharajgunj VDC, Kapilbastu district, Nepal with the objective to analyze the epidemiological situation of the disease lymphatic filariasis. A total of 505 blood samples were collected by ear-lobe prick method.

Out of 505 blood samples, 50 samples (9.90%) were found to be positive for microfilaria (mf) within age between 3 to 85 years. In the present study the highest endemicity rate was found in the age group 61-70 years and the lowest  endemicity rate 6.67% was found in the age group < = 10 years. Illiteracy, poor sanitation , lack of knowledge about the disease and not taking precaution of filariasis , habit of working in the fields till late night and early in the morning, sleeping outdoor without bed-nets, keeping cattle in the same house where they live were identified as risk factors for the disease.

Key words: Prevalence; Lymphatic filariasis; Microfilaria; Crude disease rate.

doi: 10.3126/eco.v13i0.1626

Ecoprint (An International Journal of Ecology)  Vol. 13, No. 1, 2006 Page: 29-34

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R. Gupta, Central Deprtment of Zoology Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu

Associate Professor; Central Deprtment of Zoology Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu

J. Lanichhane, Central Department of Zoology Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu

Ex-student; Central Department of Zoology Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu.

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Published

2009-06-04

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Gupta, R., & Lanichhane, J. (2009). A Prospective Study of Lymphatic Filariasis in an Endemic Village of Kapilbastu District, Nepal. Ecoprint: An International Journal of Ecology, 13, 29–34. https://doi.org/10.3126/eco.v13i0.1626

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