Young adults in endemic areas: An untreated group in need of school-based preventive chemotherapy for schistosomiasis control and elimination.

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TítuloYoung adults in endemic areas: An untreated group in need of school-based preventive chemotherapy for schistosomiasis control and elimination.
Tipo de PublicaciónJournal Article
AutoresKorir H, Riner D, Kavere E, Omondi A, Landry J, Kittur N, Ndombi E, Ondigo B, Secor W, Karanja D, Colley D
Abbrev. JournalTrop Med Infect Dis
RevistaTropical medicine and infectious disease
Año de Publicacion2018
Volume3
Issue3
Pagination100
Idioma de Publicacióneng
Palabras clave Control, Elimination, Kato-Katz, Kenya, Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), POC-CCA, Schistosomiasis, School, Soil-transmitted helminths, Young adults
Resumen

Parasitologic surveys of young adults in college and university settings are not commonly done, even in areas known to be endemic for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. We have done a survey of 291 students and staff at the Kisumu National Polytechnic in Kisumu, Kenya, using the stool microscopy Kato-Katz (KK) method and the urine point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen (POC-CCA) test. Based on three stools/two KK slides each, in the 208 participants for whom three consecutive stools were obtained, Schistosoma mansoni prevalence was 17.8%. When all 291 individuals were analyzed based on the first stool, as done by the national neglected tropical disease (NTD) program, and one urine POC-CCA assay (n = 276), the prevalence was 13.7% by KK and 23.2% by POC-CCA. Based on three stools, 2.5% of 208 participants had heavy S. mansoni infections (400 eggs/gram feces), with heavy S. mansoni infections making up 13.5% of the S. mansoni cases. The prevalence of the soil-transmitted helminths (STH: Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and hookworm) by three stools was 1.4%, 3.1%, and 4.1%, respectively, and by the first stool was 1.4%, 2.4% and 1.4%, respectively. This prevalence and intensity of infection with S. mansoni in a college setting warrants mass drug administration with praziquantel. This population of young adults is ‘in school’ and is both approachable and worthy of inclusion in national schistosomiasis control and elimination programs.

DOI10.3390/tropicalmed3030100
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