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Side benefits of mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis on Strongyloides stercoralis prevalence on Pemba Island, Tanzania

Barda, Beatrice and Albonico, Marco and Buonfrate, Dora and Ame, Shaali M. and Ali, Said and Speich, Benjamin and Keiser, Jennifer. (2017) Side benefits of mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis on Strongyloides stercoralis prevalence on Pemba Island, Tanzania. American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 97 (3). pp. 681-683.

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Abstract

Strongyloides stercoralis, although endemic in many countries, is not included in helminth control programs. Few data are available on the prevalence and morbidity linked to this infection. We compared data from two studies conducted in 1998 and 2013 on Pemba Island, Tanzania, involving 525 and 509 schoolchildren, respectively. In 1998, the diagnostic method used was Harada Mori, whereas in 2013 diagnosis was made by both Koga agar plate and Baermann methods. The prevalence registered was 41% in 1998 and 7% in 2013. This data suggest that the prevalence of S. stercoralis on Pemba was significantly reduced 7 years after the last ivermectin administration for preventive chemotherapy and underlines the importance and impact of large-scale preventive chemotherapy, which often goes beyond its actual target. Preventive chemotherapy with ivermectin should be recommended in areas where S. stercoralis is endemic.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology > Helminth Drug Development (Keiser)
UniBasel Contributors:Barda, Beatrice and Keiser, Jennifer
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Williams and Wilkins
ISSN:0002-9637
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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