Sequential analysis of helminth egg output in human stool samples following albendazole and praziquantel administration

Scherrer, A. U. and Sjöberg, M. K. and Allangba, A. and Traore, M. and Lohourignon, L. K. and Tschannen, A. B. and N'Goran E. K., and Utzinger, J.. (2009) Sequential analysis of helminth egg output in human stool samples following albendazole and praziquantel administration. Acta tropica : Zeitschrift für Tropenwissenschaften und Tropenmedizin = revue des sciences tropicales et de médecine tropicale = review of tropical science and tropical medicine, 109 (3). pp. 226-231.

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Large-scale administration of anthelminthic drugs currently is the most widely used intervention for controlling morbidity due to schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis. An important issue is drug efficacy monitoring. However, the optimal time points post-treatment for assessing the efficacy of praziquantel against Schistosoma mansoni and albendazole against hookworm infections are not known. Forty-nine schoolchildren infected with S. mansoni and 52 infected with hookworm were treated with a single oral dose of praziquantel (40 mg/kg) and albendazole (400 mg), respectively. Stool samples were collected on 19 occasions over a 44-day post-treatment follow-up period, and two Kato-Katz thick smears per sample were examined at each time point. Both the mean egg counts and observed cure rates varied depending on the time point post-treatment. The highest reduction in the geometric mean egg counts (<97%) and the highest observed cure rate (<97%) of S. mansoni infections were found 15-20 days after praziquantel administration. Among the hookworm-infected children, egg counts decreased rapidly within the first week after albendazole administration (<95%), whereas infection rates showed high and heterogeneous (45.0-71.2%) levels at later time points. Both praziquantel and albendazole were highly efficacious in reducing the overall egg burden of S. mansoni and hookworm, respectively. We suggest that 15-20 days post-treatment is the most appropriate time point for efficacy evaluation of praziquantel against S. mansoni. Although no clear conclusion can be drawn for the optimal timing of efficacy evaluation of albendazole against hookworm, a 2-3-week time frame seems a reasonable compromise. This is justified on logistical grounds (i.e. collection of stool samples only once) and growing emphasis on integrating the control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis, including drug efficacy monitoring
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Former Units within Swiss TPH > Health Impact Assessment (Utzinger)
UniBasel Contributors:Utzinger, Jürg
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier Science Publ.
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