Schistosomiasis in African infants and preschool children: let them now be treated!


Stothard, JR; Sousa-Figueiredo, JC; Betson, M; Bustinduy, A; Reinhard-Rupp, J; (2013) Schistosomiasis in African infants and preschool children: let them now be treated! Trends in parasitology, 29 (4). pp. 197-205. ISSN 1471-4922 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2013.02.001

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Abstract

The occurrence of schistosomiasis within African infants and preschool children has been much better documented in recent years, revealing an important burden of disease previously overlooked. Despite mounting evidence showing that treatment with praziquantel is safe, beneficial, and could be delivered within ongoing public health interventions, young children still do not have satisfactory access to this drug, and a significant treatment gap exists. Progress towards resolution of this unfortunate health inequity is highlighted, including the development of an appropriate paediatric praziquantel formulation, and present blocks are identified on securing this issue within the international health agenda.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 23465781
Web of Science ID: 317711800007
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2958490

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