TITLE

Surveillance for transmission of lymphatic filariasis in Colombo and Gampaha districts of Sri Lanka following mass drug administration

AUTHOR(S)
Chandrasena, Nilmini T. G. A.; Premaratna, Ranjan; Samarasekera, Dilhani S.; de Silva, Nilanthi R.
PUB. DATE
October 2016
SOURCE
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene;Oct2016, Vol. 110 Issue 10, p620
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: Sri Lanka was recently declared by WHO to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem, after conclusion of annual mass drug administration. Our aim was to assess the lymphatic filariasis situation, following mass drug administration. Methods: Surveillance was done in two districts of the Western Province in two consecutive phases (2009-2010 and 2013-2015), by examining 2461 thick night blood smears and performing 250 dipstick tests on children for antibodies to Brugia malayi. Results and Conclusions: Decline in bancroftian microfilaraemia (microfilaria rate 0.32% to zero) supports elimination, but re-emergence of brugian filariasisis (antibody rate, 1.6%; one microfilaria positive) is a cause for concern.
ACCESSION #
120489723

 

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