http://journalijpr.com/index.php/IJPR/issue/feed International Journal of Pathogen Research 2020-02-22T00:06:32+00:00 International Journal of Pathogen Research contact@journalijpr.com Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>International Journal of Pathogen Research (ISSN:&nbsp;2582-3876)</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish&nbsp;high-quality&nbsp;papers related to all aspects of pathogens and pathogen-host interactions.&nbsp;The journal covers all pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, prions, parasites, and protozoa that infect humans or animals, the&nbsp;diagnosis, management, or treatment for pathogen-related diseases, the diseases that have important medical, agricultural, and economic consequences as well as environmental and public health implications. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. 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.</p> http://journalijpr.com/index.php/IJPR/article/view/30098 Evaluating the Risk of Candida albicans Associated with Gestation amongst Women in Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria 2020-02-22T00:06:32+00:00 T. Sampson tonye4good62@yahoo.com A. P. George <p><em>Candidiasis</em> is increasingly affecting women in developing countries, due to several factors relating to environmental and physiological conditions of the individual. Knowledge of the factors influencing the epidemiology of <em>Candida</em> spp. will be useful in formulating public health measures targeted at reducing the incidence of <em>Candidiasis</em>. This study was therefore conducted to determine the prevalence of <em>Candida albicans</em> amongst women in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in order to decipher the epidemiology of <em>Candida albicans </em>in relation to age and gestation. A total of seventy (140) vaginal swab samples were collected from 70 pregnant and 70 non-pregnant women in Port Harcourt, and analyzed using standard microbiological methods. The result showed that 36% of the total women studied had <em>Candida albicans</em> while 64% were negative. In the overall analysis, the distribution of the yeast was 43% prevalent in pregnant and 29% in non-pregnant women. The risk of <em>Candidiasis</em> in pregnancy was evaluated using the Odds Ratio (OR) and was determined to be 1.88. Also, a paired sample t-test indicated a positive and strong statistical relationship between age distribution and the presence of <em>Candida albicans</em> in women, with a correlation coefficient of 0.911 (91.1%) (&lt; 0.05), indicating a higher incidence among the older group, albeit lower in age groups close to menopause. The study concluded that the prevalence is higher in pregnant women, with a significant relationship with age. Regular screening of women for <em>Candida</em> spp. should be advocated and women should as well avoid conditions that dispose them to genital tract infections.</p> 2020-02-19T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##