Absence of lymphatic filariasis infection among secondary-school children in Oman
AbstractThe endemicity status of lymphatic filariasis in Oman is uncertain, with only sporadic cases reported, mostly imported. Immunochromatographic card test surveys were carried out to assess the presence of circulating Wuchereria bancrofti antigenaemia as a marker for active infection in children from suspected high-risk areas of Oman [South Batinah and Dhofar]. Lot quality assurance sampling surveys were carried out on a minimum of 250 secondary-school children aged 17-18 years in each of 8 districts from February 2004 to March 2004. All tested students were negative for circulating W. bancrofti antigen. Based on these findings as well as previous data, Oman may possibly be classified as a nonendemic country, with no evidence of indigenous lymphatic filariasis transmission
Al Awaidy, S.T., Bawikar, S., Patel, P.K., Kurup, P., Sonal, G.S. et al. (2010). Absence of lymphatic filariasis infection among secondary-school children in Oman. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118004
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (10), 1059-1063, 2010
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