Ancylostoma ceylanicum Hookworm in the Solomon Islands
Richard S Bradbury, Sze Fui Hii, Humpress Harrington, Richard Speare, Rebecca Traub
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES | CENTERS DISEASE CONTROL | Published : 2017
Although hookworm is highly prevalent in the Solomon Islands, the species involved are unknown. We initiated this study in response to finding Ancylostoma ceylanicum hookworm in a peacekeeper in Australia who had returned from the Solomon Islands. Kato-Katz fecal surveys performed in 2013 and 2014 in 2 village groups in East Malaita, Solomon Islands, identified hookworm-positive samples. These specimens were tested by cytochrome oxidase 1 (cox-1) gene multiplex PCR and sequenced. Of 66 positive specimens, 54 (81.8%) contained only Necator americanus, 11 (16.7%) contained only A. ceylanicum, and 1 (1.5%) contained both species. A. duodenale was not found. Haplotype analysis of cox-1 sequences..View full abstract
This study received financial support from Tropical Diseases Research, World Health Organization, short-term training grants for research capacity strengthening and knowledge management awarded to Atoifi Adventist Hospital, Solomon Islands.