Towards the eradication of hookworm in an isolated Australian community

Citation
Rca. Thompson et al., Towards the eradication of hookworm in an isolated Australian community, LANCET, 357(9258), 2001, pp. 770-771
Citations number
5
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine","Medical Research General Topics
Journal title
LANCET
ISSN journal
0140-6736 → ACNP
Volume
357
Issue
9258
Year of publication
2001
Pages
770 - 771
Database
ISI
SICI code
0140-6736(20010310)357:9258<770:TTEOHI>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale) and other enteric parasites such as Glardi a and Hymenolepis are common in Aboriginal communities in northern Australi a, and their presence is associated with iron deficiency, anaemia, and fail ure to thrive. We report the outcome of a sustained, community-based contro l programme that used regular albendazole in one isolated community. Wherea s hookworm has been effectively controlled by the programme, no sustained e ffect on the prevalence of Giardia and Hymenolepis was seen; the control of these parasites will depend on Improvements in health education. This prog ramme might serve as a model for community-based or population-based drug t reatment programmes elsewhere.