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Acute schistosomiasis: Which molecular diagnostic test is best and why

Stothard, Russell ORCID: and Webster, Bonnie L. (2021) 'Acute schistosomiasis: Which molecular diagnostic test is best and why'. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol 72, Issue 10, pp. 1699-1700.

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Each year, thousands of returning travellers and tourists typically report to clinics throughout Europe and the UK with various signs and symptoms of acute schistosomiasis following form exposure to schistosome cercariae in freshwater. Unlike chronic schistosomiasis, which may have taken several months, or longer, to appear but has a proven set of diagnostic methods and tools available, reliable diagnosis of acute schistosomiasis within the first few months after last exposure to schistosome cercariae is problematic; as is precise incrimination of which species of infecting schistosome is, or are, responsible. It is against this unmet diagnostic challenge in acute schistosomiasis that the Cnop et al. study is most insightful. Here they highlight both the detection and discrimination of infecting schistosomes within a cohort of returned Belgian travellers that were examined to an unusual degree of advanced diagnostic scrutiny.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WB Practice of Medicine > Diagnosis > General Diagnosis > WB 141 General works
WC Communicable Diseases > WC 20 Research (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 880 Filariasis and related conditions (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
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Depositing User: Cathy Waldron
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 13:31
Last Modified: 20 May 2021 08:43


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