Assessing the parasitic infestation of fresh fruits at the international and old markets lokoja, kogi state, nigeria.

ASSESSING THE PARASITIC INFESTATION OF FRESH FRUITS AT THE INTERNATIONAL AND OLD MARKETS LOKOJA, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA.

ABSTRACT

The study on parasitic infestation of variety fresh fruits, from  international and Local markets within Kogi State was conducted between December 2018 and May 2019. Locally available fruits garden egg, (Solanum melongena), orange, (Citrus sinesis), banana, (Musa acuminate),mango (Manginifera indica) apple,(Malus pumila) avocado, (Persea americana,) pawpaw, (Carica papaya), cashew, (Anacardium
occidentale), water melon, (Citrullus lanatus), and pineapple, (Ananas comosus), sold in two major market within Lokoja, Kogi state and also from Egume and Ogbabo both in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State were purched and examined for parasitological contamination. The overall result of the experiment showed the association between parasites and fruits, and the two locations, (the two
markets). There was significant a difference between the two study locations and the fruits samples examined at P≥0.05. Avocado pea had the highest microbial load of (23.3%) followed by banana, mango and water melon which was found to be (16.7%) each, cashew and garden egg had (13.3%) each, orange had (3.3%), while apple and pineapple had no microbial load. This implies that the apple and pineapple appear to be safe fruits in the two locations studied, while avocado pea, banana, water melon and mango are the most contaminated fruits.

Salem University Journals

Salem University Journals

Salem University Journal of Life Sciences 2020: Vol. 2, No.1, pp 94-104 ISBN: 9789785877585

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