Journal article

Giardia duodenalis infection in the context of a community-based deworming and water, sanitation and hygiene trial in Timor-Leste

Jessica YH Aw, Naomi E Clarke, James S McCarthy, Rebecca J Traub, Salvador Amaral, Md Hamidul Huque, Ross M Andrews, Darren J Gray, Archie CA Clements, Susana Vaz Nery

Parasites and Vectors | BMC | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Giardiasis is a common diarrhoeal disease caused by the protozoan Giardia duodenalis. It is prevalent in low-income countries in the context of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and is frequently co-endemic with neglected tropical diseases such as soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections. Large-scale periodic deworming programmes are often implemented in these settings; however, there is limited evidence for the impact of regular anthelminthic treatment on G. duodenalis infection. Additionally, few studies have examined the impact of WASH interventions on G. duodenalis. METHODS: The WASH for WORMS cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted in rem..

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