Seroprevalence of lymphatic filariasis among migrant workers in Peninsular Malaysia.

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TitleSeroprevalence of lymphatic filariasis among migrant workers in Peninsular Malaysia.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsNoordin R, Mohd Zain SN, Yunus MH, Sahimin N
Abbrev. JournalTrans R Soc Trop Med Hyg
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Year of Publication2017
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBmR1, BmSXP, Lymphatic filariasis (LF), Malaysia, Migrant workers, Migrants, Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), seroprevalence

Malaysia aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) by the year 2020, thus the potential threat of LF from migrant workers needs to be investigated.
Brugian and bancroftian filariasis among 484 migrant workers from six countries were investigated using rapid tests based on detection of specific IgG4 antibodies against BmR1 (Brugia Rapid) and BmSXP recombinant antigens.
The seroprevalence of brugian filariasis was very low; however, bancroftian filariasis was notable among workers from India, Nepal and Myanmar.
Malaysia is not endemic for Wuchereria bancrofti, but harbors the vectors for the parasite, thus the results showed that migrant workers should be monitored for this infection.