Impact of single annual treatment and four-monthly treatment for hookworm and Ascaris lumbricoides, and factors associated with residual infection among Kenyan school children

by Stella Kepha, Charles S. Mwandawiro, Roy M. Anderson et al.
Infectious Diseases of Poverty,2017 6:30 – Published: 9 February 2017

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School-based deworming is widely implemented in various countries to reduce the burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), however, the frequency of drug administration varies in different settings. The authors conclude that 4-monthly treatment was more effective than single annual treatment. Repeated treatments led to dramatic reductions in the intensities of STHs, but did not completely clear infections among school children in Kenya, a presumed reflection of reinfection in a setting where there is ongoing transmission.

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