Author(s): Ajanga A, Lwambo NJ, Blair L, Nyandindi U, Fenwick A, , Ajanga A, Lwambo NJ, Blair L, Nyandindi U, Fenwick A,
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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.
This article was published in Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg
and referenced in Journal of Infectious Diseases and Diagnosis