DeWorm3: Demonstrating the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths

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Background
Over the past decade, the global community has seen increased momentum in controlling or interrupting the transmission of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The WHO Roadmap for Implementation and the 2012 London Declaration have both established targets of sustained control or elimination for 10 NTDs by 2020, including soil-transmitted helminths (STH) [1,2].

STH are among the most prevalent infectious diseases in humans and are associated with the largest disease burden of any of the NTDs, with approximately 1.5 billion individuals infected with at least one species globally [3].  Chronic infection with these parasites can result in malnutrition and iron-deficiency anemia, leading to impaired physical and cognitive development in children and reduced productivity and income generation in adults [4].

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  1. Very interesting topic. Control programs should focus not only on children, but also on adults and animals which may be potential reservoirs.

    • Absolutely, it’s interesting to see what factors must be considered in pursuit of elimination, and I’ll be very interested to hear the results from this study!

      Martha (Editor of ID Hub)

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