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High prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni in six health areas of - Kasansa health zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo: short report

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Show simple item record Linsuke, S. Nundu, S. Mupoyi, S. Mukele, R. Mukunda, F. Kabongo, M. M. Inocencio da Luz, R. Van geertruyden, J. P. Van Sprundel, M. Boelaert, M. Polman, K. Lutumba, P. 2015-08-12T08:18:33Z 2015-08-12T08:18:33Z 2014
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dc.identifier.other ITG-H10A
dc.identifier.other ITG-B11A
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dc.description.abstract School-aged children suffer the most from schistosomiasis infection in sub Saharan Africa due to poverty and limited sanitary conditions. Mapping of disease burden is recommended and there is a need of updating prevalence data which is as old as 20 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An epidemiological and parasitological study was carried out in 2011 in the health zone of Kasansa. Six health areas (HA) were included in the study. In each health area, one primary school was selected. School-aged children were screened for S. mansoni infection using parallel Kato-Katz and direct microscopy techniques. A total of 335 school-aged children were screened. The average prevalence was 82.7% and ranged between 59.5-94.9%. Four of the six HAs had a prevalence level over 91%. Of all infected children, about half 112 (43.2%) had light parasite density. These results demonstrate that Schistosoma mansoni infection is a bigger problem than anticipated and there is an urgent need to implement effective control measures. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Protozoal diseases en_US
dc.subject Schistosomiasis en_US
dc.subject Schistosoma mansoni en_US
dc.subject Snails en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.subject Epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Parasitology en_US
dc.subject School children en_US
dc.subject Screening en_US
dc.subject Kato-Katz method en_US
dc.subject Direct microscopy en_US
dc.subject Parasite density en_US
dc.subject Congo-Kinshasa en_US
dc.subject Africa, Central en_US
dc.title High prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni in six health areas of - Kasansa health zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo: short report en_US
dc.type Article-E en_US
dc.citation.issue 12 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases en_US
dc.citation.volume 8 en_US
dc.citation.pages e3387 en_US
dc.citation.jabbreviation PLoS Negl Trop Dis en_US

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