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Age-related worm load and worm fecundity patterns in human populations, as indicated by schistosome circulating antigens

Author(s): Polman Katja | Van Lieshout L | Gryseels B | Deelder AM

Journal: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
ISSN 0074-0276

Volume: 93;
Issue: suppl.1;
Start page: 123;
Date: 1998;
Original page

Keywords: Schistosoma mansoni | circulating anodic antigen (CAA) | worm load | worm fecundity

Recently, our group determined the relationship between serum CAA levels and fecal egg counts in two foci with very intense Schistosoma mansoni transmission: Maniema (Zaire), an area endemic for S. mansoni since several decades, and Ndombo (Senegal), where transmission has only been established since a few years. The objective was to study and compare age-related worm load and worm fecundity patterns in these two different endemic settings. Here, we will summarize the most important findings and conclusions of this study.
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