Expert mission to Sri Lanka for verification of elimination of lymphatic filariasis : Report of the mission, 12-18 June 2011
AbstractLymphatic filariasis (LF) is endemic in 9 of the 11 Member States of the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization. Mass Drug Administration (MDA) has been implemented to achieve elimination of LF in the Region. In 2001, Sri Lanka initiated MDA in eight LF-endemic districts covering a population of 11 million, and stopped MDA in 2007 after completing five rounds. The microfilarial rate was well below 1%. Post-MDA surveillance including vector surveillance has been introduced. As per the recommendations of the Regional Programme Review Group for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis, a WHO expert mission visited Sri Lanka in 2011 and initiated the process of verification of LF elimination. In line with the LF Transmission Assessment Survey Manual of WHO 2011, the team visited two endemic districts and tested 244 schoolchildren of 6-7 years of age with ICT cards for antigenaemia. All were found to be negative indicating that there was no transmission. The expert team recommended continuation of ICT testing of the selected sample, and preparation of the dossier as part of the process of verification.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Expert mission to Sri Lanka for verification of elimination of lymphatic filariasis : Report of the mission, 12-18 June 2011. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205057
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