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A study on the prevalence of Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and other associated Enteropathogens among children (0-5 years) in Keffi Local Government Area, Nasarawa state, Nigeria was carried out to determine the prevalence of EPEC and other associated enteropathogens causing diarrhoea in the study area. Two hundred and seventy (270) stool samples were examined. These stool samples were collected from Federal Medical Centre Keffi, General hospital Keffi, Primary Health Care (PHC) centres in Padan Sarki, Angwa Waje, Tsohon Kasuwa, Sabon Gari and Angwa Jaba. Biochemical test was used to identify bacteria isolates. Out of the 270 stool samples, EPEC was not isolated in any of the stool samples examined using polyvalent antisera (poly 2, poly 3 and poly 4) and monovalent antisera (O55, O111 and O114) agglutinating specific for EPEC (Oxoid UK). Other enteric bacteria tests include: Salmonella species 38(14.1%) and Shigella species 23(8.5%). From the microscopic examination of the stool samples examined, 8.6% cysts Entamoeba species and 3.1% eggs of Ascaris lumbricoides, were identified. Hence, there is need to improve personal and environmental hygiene in the study area.
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