Filariasis elimination in Jiangsu Province, China

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Filariasis elimination in Jiangsu Province, China

Postby patoco » Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:25 am

Process for lymphatic filariasis elimination in Jiangsu Province, China.

Xu XZ, Jin XL, Cao HJ, Qian YX, Shen MX, Jiang WC, Sun FH.

Source
Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Wuxi 214064, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
To review the process of lymphatic filariasis elimination in Jiangsu Province, and summarize the control experience.

METHODS:
The data of epidemic status, control and surveillance of lymphatic filariasis were collected and analyzed in Jiangsu Province from 1950s to 1990s.

RESULTS:
Lymphatic filariasis was endemic in 71 counties (cities) among all 75 counties (cities) in Jiangsu Province. Filariasis bancrofti distributed widely in the province, and in some areas of the south of Jiangsu, there were filariasis bancrofti and Brug' s filariasis co-existing. Before 1971, the microfilaria rate (mfr) in some areas had ever reached 20. 15% , from 1979, large scale control programme was carried out and the mfr in all endemic villages decreased to below 1% , and in 1989, the rate dropped to 0.016%. By 2001, the whole regions of the province reached the criteria of filariasis elimination.

CONCLUSION:
The elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Jiangsu Province provides valuable experience for lymphatic filariasis control in other areas.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22164632
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