Asian Journal of Research in Zoology http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Research in&nbsp;Zoology&nbsp;</strong>aims to publish high-quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJRIZ/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of Zoology. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.&nbsp;</p> Asian Journal of Research in Zoology en-US Asian Journal of Research in Zoology Biochemical, Histopathological and Mutagenic Changes Following the Co-administration of Antihelminthic and Antimalarial Drugs in Wistar Rats http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ/article/view/30071 <p><strong>Aim: </strong>To determine the effects of antimalaria and antheminthic drugs combination in the incidence of histopathological alteration and biochemical modulations in liver and kidney of albino rats.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration of Study: </strong>The study was undertaken at the Zoology Department University of Lagos Akoka Lagos Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>A total of twenty (25) Male adult albino rats of 13-15 weeks old were divided into 5 groups of 5 rats each and daily oral administration of human therapeutic doses of praziquantel (PZQ 50 mg/kg body weight) separate and in combination with ivermectin (IVM 0.4 mg/kg body weight), albendazole (ALB 15 mg/kg body weight) and Artemether-lumefanthrine (ACT 140 mg/kg body weight) was administered with the&nbsp; group which serve as the control receiving 1ml distilled water. Toxic effects due to these treatments were investigated using histopathological, biochemical and mutagenic indices at day 8<sup>th</sup> and 15<sup>th</sup> of the study.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Biochemical assessment revealed significant reduction in AST, ALT, ALP and potassium in the treatment group compared to the control. Increase in the level calcium, Albumin and bicarbonate were also observed in treatment groups. Histopathological assessment of the liver showed a general incidence of focal inflammation along the portal tract area, but did not show any differential severity across treatment groups except for single PZQ treatment group which were characterized by fatty infiltration. A general occurrence of mesangial damage and glomerula injury was observed in kidney tissues. Renal lesions were more severe in single PZQ + IVM treatment groups while mild lesions characterized renal tissue from PZQ+ACT treatment groups. Mutagenic effects as indicated by the high incidence of sperm head abnormalities was recorded across combination treatments especially in PZQ+ IVR and PZQ+ ACT groups.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Findings suggest that combination therapies are synergistic and could result in nephrotoxicity, antidiuretic effects, dehydration and mutagenicity at human therapeutic doses.</p> A. A. Obiajunwa E. T. Idowu O. A. Otubanjo ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-08-26 2019-08-26 1 12 Mound Distribution and Soil Transformation by Macrotermes bellicosus in Bagudo and Augie in Kebbi State, Nigeria http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ/article/view/30072 <p>The study was carried out to determine the distribution and soil transformation by <em>Macrotermes bellicosus</em> species. Two local government areas of Kebbi State namely; Bagudo and Augie were selected for the study. Field survey and proximate analysis was used for the study, data generated were analyzed using descriptive (Means) and inferential (ANOVA) statistics. Mounds were manually counted; where distance, height and basal circumferences were measured using measuring tape. Results obtained showed mound size was significantly different (P˂0.05) among the study area. Physical characteristics of mounds such as distance, basal circumference, height: were also significantly different (P˂0.05) in all the locations. Dry land and wet land showed no significant (P˃0.05) difference exhibited in physical characteristics. Results indicated significant (P˂0.05) difference in Cation exchange capacity (C.E.C), sand, silt, and clay, and all mineral elements in study locations. Mound soils differed: (P˂0.05) significantly in Cation exchange capacity (C.E.C), sand, silt, and clay and all the elements in study locations: In conclusion, termites: can be considered to be cheap agents of soil amendments which can help farmers in improving soil fertility.</p> H. A. Shindi H. M. Bandiya M. M. Yahaya A. Aminu ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-09-11 2019-09-11 1 7 A Survey of Urinary Schistosomiasis among Secondary School Students in Jalingo Town, Jalingo Local Government Area, Taraba State http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ/article/view/30073 <p>This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of urinary Schistosomiasis among secondary school students in Jalingo town, Jalingo local government area, Nigeria. Ordinary centrifugal sedimentation technique was used and the deposits were examined microscopically. Data collected were analyzed using chi square. Out of the 200 samples examined, 37 (18.5%) had infection, with no significant difference (p&gt;0.05) in infection rates between males (21.1%) and females (15.1%). Among the two schools sampled School A had the highest prevalence (22.0%) followed by School B (15.0%) with no significant difference (p&gt;0.05). Children aged 9-12 years (60.0%) were more infected than those aged 19-21 (13.0%) (p&lt;0.05).There was a close relationship between haematuria and positive urine samples as 72.7% of the students tested positive excreted blood in their urine (p&lt;0.05). Major risk factors were poor hygiene, ignorance and poverty. The results of this study show that secondary school students harbor infection and are a source of transmission of Schistosomiasis in the study area. Planning and provision of drugs for treatment should be considered in disease prevention and control programmes. Community participatory health education should be encouraged as the first step in reducing infection and transmission of the disease.</p> Zakki Yula Hosea Liamngee Kator Jacob John Geraji ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-09-16 2019-09-16 1 6 Foetal Wastage at the Oja-tuntun Slaughterhouse in Ogbomoso Town, South Western Nigeria: A Three Year Retrospective Study http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ/article/view/30074 <p><strong>Aim:</strong> This survey was carried out to determine the prevalence of foetal wastage amongst cattle and goat; and its associated economic loss.</p> <p><strong>Study Design:</strong> A retrospective survey was carried out using the abattoir records of Owode Veterinary Hospital, Ogbomoso, were relevant data relating to foetal wastage was retrieved.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration:</strong> The study was conducted in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, South-Western Nigeria from January 2014 to December 2016.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> A three year retrospective survey (January 2014 to December 2016) based on the Veterinary Hospital records were used to determine the extent of foetal wastage as well as associated economic loss.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> A total of 11,903 cattle comprising 8,482 (71.3%) males and 3,421 (28.7%) females; 1,269 goats comprising of 791 (62.3%) males and 78 (37.7%) females were slaughtered over the study period. A total of 244 foetuses (cows) and 55 foetuses (does) were recovered during the period of study with a calculated prevalence rate of 7.1 and 11.5% respectively. Analysis of the economic loss over the study period was estimated at approximately N25,254,000 ($69,762) and N440,000 ($1,215) for cattle and goats respectively. With a calculated average annual loss of N8,418,000 to foetal wastage which is too huge for any developing country.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Reoccurring slaughter of gravid females and its resultant high foetal wastage must be discouraged; so as to meet demand for meat and meat-related products as well as boost the nation’s economy. Hence the need for all hands to be on deck to develop as well as implement local strategies aimed at reducing future economic losses.</p> Caesar E. Anyaku Ebele J. Ajagun Abisola O. Oshagbemi ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-10-16 2019-10-16 1 7 Prevalence of Intestinal Parasitic Helminths from the Fingernails of Primary School Pupils in Makurdi Benue State http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ/article/view/30075 <p>Intestinal helminth infections are widely distributed throughout the world and children are the most affected population. The present study was carried out to assess the prevalence of intestinal helminths in children of primary schools in Makurdi, Benue State. Sterile cotton balls soaked in 10% formol saline were used to swab the underneath of the fingernails to collect 200 nail dirt samples from the school pupils of different ages and gender. The parasites were isolated from the dirt of both gender and prevalence was recorded. The direct mount method was used in the identification of parasites. The prevalence of parasites was presented as descriptive statistics, while the relationship between several variables (such as age and gender) and the presence of parasites were determined by Chi-square test. The level of significance used was P&lt;0.05. The highest prevalence was observed for <em>Ascaris lumbricoides</em> (35%) whereas the lowest prevalence was found for <em>Strongyloides stercoralis</em> (15%). The other parasite found was <em>Ancylostoma duodenale</em> (30%). Overall prevalence was found to be 10%. The prevalence of intestinal parasitic helminths was found to be higher in males with 13.19% than in females with 7.34%. There was no significant difference in the prevalence of the infection among gender. The distribution of intestinal parasitic helminths among the selected primary schools indicated that there was no significant difference in the occurrence of the helminths between the schools. The occurrence of fingernail parasites among children in primary schools can cause chronic infections which can negatively affect all aspects of children’s health.</p> Zakki Yula Hosea Liamngee Kator Oga Ohekpe Philomena ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-10-16 2019-10-16 1 6