During the period October 1972 to July 1973 inclusive, 450 pigs of various age groups, belonging mainly to the native breed (white variety), born and raised on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria, were examined for helminth infections. Post-mortem worm recovery indicated that 15 species of helminths were present: Hyostrongylus rubidus, Ascarops strongylina, Physocephalus sexalatus, Ascaris suum, Globocephalus urosubulatus, Strongyloides ransomi, Trichuris suis, Oesophagostomum quadrispinulatum, Oesophagostomum dentatum, Metastrongylus salmi, Stephanurus dentatus, Cysticercus cellulosae, Cysticercus tenuicollis, hydatid cyst of Echinococcus granulosus and sparganum of Spirometra erinacei.
The records of A. strongylina, P. sexalatus, O. quadrispinulatum, M. salmi, C. tenuicollis, hydatid cyst and sparganum are new for pigs in Nigeria.
It is possible that pigs may play some role in the local epizootiology of C. tenuicollis and E. granulosus. C. cellulosae, E. granulosus, S. erinacei, A. suum and T. suis may be of significance as zoonoses.