Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Studies in Namibia revealed prevalence rates of 63% for hookworm and 35% for in 31 Bushmen, 4–65 years of age, who were encamped in the Kaudom Game Reserve. The study also revealed prevalence rates of 85% for hookworm, 25% for , and 1% for in 103 children, 6–17 years of age, attending 5 schools in Bushmanland. The 25% infection rate is one of the highest prevalences recorded in southern Africa. The infections in the Kaudom group appeared to be autochthonous, and this population did not harbor . Regular contact with pans in summer and boreholes at any time probably facilitated the acquisition of infections in wet and fecally polluted sites. Thirteen spurious infections were recorded.


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