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Innovative Surveillance Strategies to Support the Elimination of Filariasis in Africa.

Kelly-Hope, Louise ORCID:, Blundell, Harriet ORCID:, Macfarlane, Cara ORCID: and Molyneux, David ORCID: (2018) 'Innovative Surveillance Strategies to Support the Elimination of Filariasis in Africa.'. Trends in Parasitology, Vol 34, Issue 8, pp. 694-711.

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Lymphatic filariasis (LF) and onchocerciasis are two neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) of public health significance targeted for global elimination. The World Health Organization (WHO) African Region is a priority region, with the highest collective burden of LF and onchocerciasis globally. Coendemic loiasis further complicates elimination due to the risk of adverse events associated with ivermectin treatment. A public health framework focusing on health-related data, systematic collection of data, and analysis and interpretation of data is used to highlight the range of innovative surveillance strategies required for filariasis elimination. The most recent and significant developments include: rapid point-of-care test (POCT) diagnostics; clinical assessment tools; new WHO guidelines; open-access online data portals; mHealth platforms; large-scale prevalence maps; and the optimisation of mathematical models. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 301 Filarioidea
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 880 Filariasis and related conditions (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 885 Onchocerciasis
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2018 09:52
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 10:55


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