MGM Journal of Medical Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 281--290

Surveillance of venomous arthropods on a Nigerian Public University campus: An ecological study


Vivian Onyinyechukwu Ogbusu1, Angus Ejidikeme Onyido1, Chidiebere Emmanuel Okechukwu2, Izunna Somadina Okwelogu1 
1 Department of Parasitology and Entomology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anamba State, Nigeria
2 Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Chidiebere Emmanuel Okechukwu
Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome
Italy

Background: Venomous arthropods are arthropod species that use toxins for defense and offense. The objective of this study was to assess the biodiversity and abundance of venomous arthropods on the premises of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Nigeria. Materials and Methods: Pitfall traps, sticky, and bait traps, beating and knockdown, and active search and handpicking with forceps were the methods used to collect various arthropods on the university campus. The data collected during this study were analyzed using the statistical package for social sciences version 23.0. Results: A total of 1,070 venomous arthropods were collected from the study areas, and they belong to four classes, six orders, fourteen families, and twenty-two species of the phylum Arthropoda. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that venomous arthropods are widespread on the NAU, Awka campus. Regular fumigation of the university premises is important in preventing human injuries, and infectious diseases carried by some arthropods.


How to cite this article:
Ogbusu VO, Onyido AE, Okechukwu CE, Okwelogu IS. Surveillance of venomous arthropods on a Nigerian Public University campus: An ecological study.MGM J Med Sci 2022;9:281-290


How to cite this URL:
Ogbusu VO, Onyido AE, Okechukwu CE, Okwelogu IS. Surveillance of venomous arthropods on a Nigerian Public University campus: An ecological study. MGM J Med Sci [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Nov 29 ];9:281-290
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