Transmission control for schistosomiasis - why it matters now


King, CH; Sturrock, RF; Kariuki, HC; Hamburger, J; (2006) Transmission control for schistosomiasis - why it matters now. Trends in parasitology, 22 (12). pp. 575-82. ISSN 1471-4922 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2006.09.006

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Abstract

Current population-based schistosomiasis treatment programs are a first step to reducing the global burden of Schistosoma-related disease; however, they might not dramatically reduce parasite transmission in highly endemic areas. Consequently, the benefits of these programs remain in doubt because recurring low-level reinfection is likely to be associated with subtle but persistent morbidities such as anemia, undernutrition and diminished performance status. The real health benefits of transmission control need to be reconsidered and attention given to more aggressive and, ultimately, more affordable parasite elimination strategies. The next generation of schistosomiasis control can be optimized using new monitoring tools and effective transmission containment.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION, MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION, CHEMOTHERAPY-BASED CONTROL, URINARY-TRACT MORBIDITY, NECROSIS-FACTOR-ALPHA, BIOMPHALARIA-PFEIFFERI, PUBLIC-HEALTH, COASTAL, KENYA, MONOCLONAL-ANTIBODIES, MSAMBWENI AREA
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 17030017
Web of Science ID: 242682700008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10489

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