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Lymphatic filariasis epidemiology in Samoa in 2018: Geographic clustering and higher antigen prevalence in older age groups

Lau, Colleen; Meder, Kelley; Mayfield, Helen; Kearns, Therese; McPherson, Brady; Naseri, Take; Thomsen, Robert; Hedtke, Shannon M.; Sheridan, Sarah; Gass, Katherine; Graves, Patricia M.


Background: Samoa conducted eight nationwide rounds of mass drug administration (MDA) for lymphatic filariasis (LF) between 1999 and 2011, and two targeted rounds in 2015 and 2017 in North West Upolu (NWU), one of three evaluation units (EUs). Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) were conducted in 2013 (failed in NWU) and 2017 (all three EUs failed). In 2018, Samoa was the first in the world to distribute nationwide triple-drug MDA using ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine, and albendazole....[Show more]

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Date published: 2020-12-21
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008927
Access Rights: Open Access


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