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Potential strategies for strengthening surveillance of lymphatic filariasis in American Samoa after mass drug administration: Reducing ‘number needed to test’ by targeting older age groups, hotspots, and household members of infected persons

Lau, Colleen; Sheel, Meru; Gass, Katherine; Fuimaono, Saipale; David, Michael C.; Won, Kimberly Y.; Sheridan, Sarah; Graves, Patricia M.


Under the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), American Samoa conducted mass drug administration (MDA) from 2000–2006. Despite passing Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) in 2011/2012 and 2015, American Samoa failed TAS-3 in 2016, with antigen (Ag) prevalence of 0.7% (95%CI 0.3–1.8%) in 6–7 year-olds. A 2016 community survey (Ag prevalence 6.2% (95%CI 4.4–8.5%) in age ≥8 years) confirmed resurgence. Using data from the 2016 survey, this study aims to i) investigate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-12-28
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008916
Access Rights: Open Access


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