Helminth transmission in simple pit latrines.


Baker, SM; Ensink, JH; (2012) Helminth transmission in simple pit latrines. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 106 (11). pp. 709-10. ISSN 0035-9203 DOI: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2012.08.002

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Abstract

: Simple pit latrines often represent the cheapest form of sanitation for poor communities. However, simple latrines lack a concrete slab and are therefore classified as an unimproved form of sanitation. This study collected soil samples in simple pit latrines and analysed them for the presence of helminth eggs; 71% of all collected samples were positive for eggs. The absence of a roof from the latrine was the only factor associated with lower egg concentrations. The findings support the classification of simple pit latrines as an unimproved form of sanitation.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 22939710
Web of Science ID: 311259700011
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/230639

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