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|Title: ||Malaria and Intestinal Helminth Co-infection Among Pregnant Women in Ghana: Prevalence and Risk Factors|
|Authors: ||Jolly, Pauline E.|
Williams, Jonathan H.
Ehiri, John E.
Ellis, William Otoo.
Stiles, Jonathan K.
Rayner, Julian C.
Yatich, Nelly J.
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||The American Journal of Tropical Medicine|
|Citation: ||Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 80(6), 2009, pp. 896–901 Copyright © 2009 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|
|Abstract: ||Both malaria and intestinal helminths are endemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and their co-infection occurs
commonly. This cross-sectional study assessed the prevalence of malaria and intestinal helminth co-infection in a
sample of > 700 pregnant women in Ghana and identified risk factors for co-infection. The prevalence of malaria infection,
intestinal helminth infection(s), and co-infection was 36.3%, 25.7%, and 16.6%, respectively. Women with intestinal
helminth infection(s) were 4.8 times more likely to have malaria infection. Young age, low income, being single, and
being primigravid were each associated with increased odds of co-infection. These associations were present when
assessed separately for primi- and multigravid women, but the strength of associations varied considerably for the two
groups of women. Young age had the strongest association among both primigravid (odds ratio = 5.2) and multigravid
(odds ratio = 3.2) women. This study shows relatively high prevalence rates of malaria, intestinal helminths, and co-infection
in pregnant women in Ghana.|
|Description: ||This Article was published by Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 80(6), 2009, pp. 896–901 Copyright © 2009 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|
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