Rate of reinfection with intestinal nematodes after treatment of children with mebendazole or albendazole in a highly endemic area.

Abstract

The comparative efficacy of albendazole and mebendazole in the treatment of intestinal nematode infections were compared 3 weeks after treatment in a randomized trial among schoolchildren on Pemba Island, Tanzania. Egg counts were compared 3 weeks, 4 months and 6 months after treatment of 731 children seen on each occasion. Differences in the efficacies were apparent with some nematodes 21 d after treatment, but these were no longer apparent 4 months after treatment, and by 6 months intensities of infection were similar to pre-treatment levels. These findings suggest that treatment of schoolchildren every 4 months may be necessary in this highly endemic area in order to have an impact on the intensity of intestinal nematode infections sufficient to be likely to reduce morbidity.

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@article{Albonico1995RateOR, title={Rate of reinfection with intestinal nematodes after treatment of children with mebendazole or albendazole in a highly endemic area.}, author={Marco Albonico and Peter G Smith and Elena Ercole and Andrew P Hall and Hababu M Chwaya and Khalid Alawi and Lorenzo Savioli}, journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene}, year={1995}, volume={89 5}, pages={538-41} }