Journal article

Control and elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Oceania: Prevalence, geographical distribution, mass drug administration, and surveillance in Samoa, 1998–2017

PM Graves, H Joseph, SP Coutts, HJ Mayfield, F Maiava, TA Ah Leong-Lui, P Tupuimatagi Toelupe, V Toeaso Iosia, S Loau, P Pemita, T Naseri, R Thomsen, A Berg Soto, TR Burkot, P Wood, W Melrose, P Aratchige, C Capuano, SH Kim, M Ozaki Show all

Advances in Parasitology | Published : 2021

Abstract

Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a major public health problem globally and in the Pacific Region. The Global Programme to Eliminate LF has made great progress but LF is persistent and resurgent in some Pacific countries and territories. Samoa remains endemic for LF despite elimination efforts through multiple two-drug mass drug administrations (MDA) since 1965, including renewed elimination efforts started in 1999 under the Pacific Programme for Elimination of LF (PacELF). Despite eight rounds of national and two rounds of subnational MDA under PacELF, Samoa failed transmission assessment surveys (TAS) in all three evaluation units in 2017. In 2018, Samoa was the first to distribute countrywide..

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