Journal article

Quantitative PCR-Based Diagnosis of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections: Faecal or Fickle?

Marina Papaiakovou, Robin B Gasser, D Tim J Littlewood

TRENDS IN PARASITOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Treatment and control programmes tackling soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections require sensitive, reliable, and accurate diagnostic tools. There is a growing need for measures of infection intensity as programmes approach STH control. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is well suited to the detection of DNA targets present in stool, even in low-prevalence settings. Detecting low levels of infection becomes increasingly important when the breakpoint of transmission is approached, and is vital when monitoring for recrudescence once control, or possibly 'elimination', is achieved. We address key challenges and questions that remain as barriers to incorporating qPCR as a cornerstone diagnos..

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