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Title: StrongNet: An International Network to Improve Diagnostics and Access to Treatment for Strongyloidiasis Control
Author: Albonico, Marco
Becker, Sören L.
Odermatt, Peter
Angheben, Andrea
Anselmi, Mariella
Amor, Arancha
Barda, Beatrice
Buonfrate, Dora
Cooper, Phillip
Getaz, Laurent
Keiser, Jennifer
Khieu, Virak
Montresor, Antonio
Muñoz, José
Requena-Méndez, Ana
Savioli, Lorenzo
Speare, Richard
Steinmann, Peter
Lieshout, Lisette van
Utzinger, Jürg
Bisoffi, Zeno
Keywords: Nematodes
Malalties infeccioses
Communicable diseases
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2016
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Abstract: Strongyloidiasis is a disease caused by an infection with a soil-transmitted helminth that affects, according to largely varying estimates, between 30 million and 370 million people worldwide [1,2]. Not officially listed as a neglected tropical disease (NTD), strongyloidiasis stands out as particularly overlooked [3]. Indeed, there is a paucity of research and public health efforts pertaining to strongyloidiasis. Hence, clinical, diagnostic, epidemiologic, treatment, and control aspects are not adequately addressed to allow for an effective management of the disease, both in clinical medicine and in public health programs [4]. The manifold signs and symptoms caused by Strongyloides stercoralis infection, coupled with the helminth’s unique potential to cause lifelong, persistent infection, make strongyloidiasis relevant beyond tropical and subtropical geographic regions, where, however, most of the disease burden is concentrated. Indeed, strongyloidiasis is acquired through contact with contaminated soil, and the infection is, thus, primarily transmitted in areas with poor sanitation, inadequate access to clean water, and lack of hygiene.
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It is part of: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2016, vol. 10, num. 9, p. e0004898
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ISSN: 1935-2727
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