Helminthic infections

Awasthi,, Shally; Bundy, D.A.P.; Savioli, Lorenzo
August 2003
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);8/23/2003, Vol. 327 Issue 7412, p431
Academic Journal
Case Study
Parasitic worms do not usually interest doctors because, although worms can cause severe clinical disease, they usually have insidious effects on growth and development that rarely cause attendance at health centers. Yet it is precisely these chronic effects, affecting more than two billion people with lifelong infections, that have forced the public health community to reassess the importance of these infections. Hookworm infection is the leading cause of pathological blood loss in tropical and subtropical regions. Some 44 million pregnancies are complicated by maternal hookworm infection, six placing both mothers and children at higher risk of death during pregnancy and delivery. Praziquantel treatment should be offered to pregnant women with schistosomiasis, as the benefits of such treatment greatly outweigh any reported adverse effects.


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