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Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections in schoolchildren in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Knoblauch, Astrid M. and Archer, Colleen and Owuor, Milka and Schmidlin, Sandro and Divall, Mark J. and Utzinger, Jürg and Winkler, Mirko S.. (2016) Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections in schoolchildren in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 110 (7). pp. 424-426.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of epidemiological data pertaining to schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in the north-eastern part of DRC enrolling 400 schoolchildren aged 9-14 years. Stool and urine samples were subjected to standard diagnostic methods and examined under a microscope for helminth eggs.
RESULTS: Four out of five children were infected with at least one helminth species. Schistosoma mansoni was the predominant species (57.8%). Urine examinations were all negative for S. haematobium.
CONCLUSIONS: S. mansoni and STH infections are highly endemic in the surveyed part of the DRC, calling for interventions in school-aged children.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Eco System Health Sciences > Health Impact Assessment (Utzinger)
UniBasel Contributors:Utzinger, Jürg and Winkler, Mirko S.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0035-9203
e-ISSN:1878-3503
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:10 Oct 2017 09:46
Deposited On:21 Oct 2016 15:56

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