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Prospects for the elimination of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis: exploring disease trends through time at the Barombi crater lakes, South-West Cameroon.

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Tchuem Tchuenté, L A, Ombede, D R Eloundou, Noumedem, C Dongmo, Chuinteu, G N Djomkam, Nono, B Fesuh, Lemegne, A C Nguepkap, Membe, U Femoe, Gipwe, N Feussom, Kenfack, C M, Ngang, S K, Tchoumdop, M E Ndonou, Cunningham, Lucas ORCID: 0000-0002-3017-4074 and Stothard, Russell ORCID: 0000-0002-9370-3420 (2018) 'Prospects for the elimination of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis: exploring disease trends through time at the Barombi crater lakes, South-West Cameroon.'. Parasitology, Vol 145, Issue 13, pp. 1700-1714.

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Abstract

In Cameroon, there is a national programme engaged in the control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis. In certain locations, the programme is transitioning from morbidity control towards local interruption of parasite transmission. The volcanic crater lake villages of Barombi Mbo and Barombi Kotto are well-known transmission foci and are excellent context-specific locations to assess appropriate disease control interventions. Most recently they have served as exemplars of expanded access to deworming medications and increased environmental surveillance. In this paper, we review infection dynamics through time, beginning with data from 1953, and comment on the short- and long-term success of disease control. We show how intensification of local control is needed to push towards elimination and that further environmental surveillance, with targeted snail control, is needed to consolidate gains in preventive chemotherapy as well as empower local communities to take ownership of interventions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue 13 (2017 Autumn Symposium of the British Society for Parasitology The multi-disciplinarity of parasitology: Host-parasite evolution in an ever changing world)
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 200 Helminths
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Parasitology Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182018001531
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 11:09
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/9378

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