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BMC Infectious Diseases

Parasitological diseases

Section edited by Honorine Ward & Laith Yakob 

This section aims to publish studies looking at all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of parasitological diseases in humans, as well as related studies on molecular and cellular biology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Schistosomiasis remains a global health problem with an estimated 250 million people in 78 countries infected, of whom 85% live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Preventive chemotherapy remains the key public health stra...

    Authors: Hlengiwe Sacolo, Moses Chimbari and Chester Kalinda

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2018 18:46

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Malaria is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Treatment of malaria in a timely manner could avert deaths. Treatment ultimately relies on the rapid and accurate diagnosis. Fluorescence in situ hybridizat...

    Authors: Regina Kandie, Rachel Ochola and Kariuki Njaanake

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2018 18:22

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  3. Content type: Case report

    Hydatid disease is a worldwide zoonosis produced by the larval stage of cestodes of the Echinococcus genus. Hydatid disease primarily involves the liver and lungs. The brain is involved in less than 2% of cases. ...

    Authors: Shu Chen, Ning Li, Feifei Yang, Jiqin Wu, Yuekai Hu, Shenglei Yu, Qi Chen, Xuan Wang, Xinyu Wang, Yuanyuan Liu and Jianming Zheng

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2018 18:12

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The inefficiency of the current tachyzoite antigen-based serological assays for the serodiagnosis of Toxoplasma gondii infection mandates the need for acquirement of reliable and standard diagnostic reagents. Rec...

    Authors: Khalid Hajissa, Robaiza Zakaria, Rapeah Suppian and Zeehaida Mohamed

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:807

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Severe malaria is a medical emergency associated with high mortality. Adequate treatment requires initial parenteral therapy for fast parasite clearance followed by longer acting oral antimalarial drugs for cu...

    Authors: Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, Jane Achan, Mohammed Lamorde, Carine Karera-Gonahasa, Agnes N. Kiragga, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Noah Kiwanuka, Sam Nsobya, Ambrose O. Talisuna and Concepta Merry

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:794

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Leishmania donovani is the etiological agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in the Indian subcontinent. However, it is also known to cause cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Sri Lanka. Sr...

    Authors: Udeshika Lakmini Kariyawasam, Angamuthu Selvapandiyan, Keshav Rai, Tasaduq Hussain Wani, Kavita Ahuja, Mizra Adil Beg, Hasitha Upendra Premathilake, Narayan Raj Bhattarai, Yamuna Deepani Siriwardena, Daibin Zhong, Guofa Zhou, Suman Rijal, Hira Nakhasi and Nadira D. Karunaweera

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:791

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  7. Content type: Case report

    Alice in Wonderland” syndrome (AIWS) is a rare neurological abnormality characterized by distortions of visual perceptions, body schema and experience of time. AIWS has been reported ...

    Authors: Benjamin Momo Kadia, Cyril Jabea Ekabe and Ettamba Agborndip

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:789

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have remained efficacious treatments of acute falciparum malaria in many endemic areas but there is little evaluation of factors contributing to the anaemia of ac...

    Authors: Akintunde Sowunmi, Bayo Fatunmbi, Kazeem Akano, Olubunmi A. Wewe, Chimere Agomo, Finomo Finomo, Joy Ebenebe, Nma Jiya, Jose Ambe, Robinson Wammanda, Godwin Ntadom, Olugbenga Mokuolu, George Emechebe, Nnenna Ezeigwe, Adejumoke I. Ayede, Elsie O. Adewoye…

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:781

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Recurrence rates of Plasmodium vivax infections differ across various geographic regions. Interestingly, South-East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region are documented to exhibit the most frequent recurrence incidenc...

    Authors: Norliza Mat Ariffin, Farida Islahudin, Endang Kumolosasi and Mohd Makmor-Bakry

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:759

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies showed that a naturally attenuated strain from Trypanosoma cruzi triggers an immune response mainly related to a Th2-type profile. Albeit this, a strong protection against virulent challenge was ...

    Authors: Cecilia Pérez Brandán, Andrea C. Mesías, Cecilia Parodi, Rubén O. Cimino, Carolina Pérez Brandán, Patricio Diosque and Miguel Ángel Basombrío

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:732

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Use of bednets reduces malaria morbidity and mortality. In Kilifi, Kenya, there was a mass distribution of free nets to children < 5 years in 2006. In 2009, a new policy was implemented to offer bednets to pre...

    Authors: Alice Kamau, Victoria Nyaga, Evasius Bauni, Benjamin Tsofa, Abdisalan M. Noor, Philip Bejon, J. Anthony G. Scott and Laura L. Hammitt

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:720

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  12. Content type: Case report

    Tapeworms of the genus Spirometra include species whose larval stages can infect humans, causing a disease called sparganosis. Cases of human infection with adult worms are very rare and have been reported in Kor...

    Authors: Anh Tran Le, Le-Quyen Thi Do, Huong-Binh Thi Nguyen, Hong-Ngoc Thi Nguyen and Anh Ngoc Do

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:669

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The objectives of this study were to determine the proportion of malaria, bacteraemia, scrub typhus, leptospirosis, chikungunya and dengue among hospitalized patients with acute undifferentiated fever in India...

    Authors: Kristine Mørch, Anand Manoharan, Sara Chandy, Novin Chacko, Gerardo Alvarez-Uria, Suvarna Patil, Anil Henry, Joel Nesaraj, Cijoy Kuriakose, Ashita Singh, Siby Kurian, Christel Gill Haanshuus, Nina Langeland, Bjørn Blomberg, George Vasanthan Antony and Dilip Mathai

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:665

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) focus is on randomized trials of different approaches to mass drug administration (MDA) in endemic countries in Africa. Because th...

    Authors: Ye Shen, Charles H. King, Sue Binder, Feng Zhang, Christopher C. Whalen, W. Evan Secor, Susan P. Montgomery, Pauline N. M. Mwinzi, Annette Olsen, Pascal Magnussen, Safari Kinung’hi, Anna E. Phillips, Rassul Nalá, Josefo Ferro, H. Osvaldo Aurelio, Fiona Fleming…

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:652

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Due to outdoor and residual transmission and insecticide resistance, long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) will be insufficient as stand-alone malaria vector control interve...

    Authors: Robert S. McCann, Henk van den Berg, Peter J. Diggle, Michèle van Vugt, Dianne J. Terlouw, Kamija S. Phiri, Aurelio Di Pasquale, Nicolas Maire, Steven Gowelo, Monicah M. Mburu, Alinune N. Kabaghe, Themba Mzilahowa, Michael G. Chipeta and Willem Takken

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:639

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Radiotherapy may represent an alternative treatment modality for cystic echinococcosis (CE), but there is no adequate evidence for it up to now. In this study, we aim to investigate the parasiticidal effects o...

    Authors: Rui Mao, Ge Wu, Hui Wang, Pengfei Lu, Jun Li, Haitao Li, Aimudula Ainiwaer, Yiwei Bai, Mingyang Shu, Yongxing Bao and Wenbao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:636

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Local understandings of malaria and use of preventive measures-are critical factors in sustained control of malaria. This study assessed caretakers’ knowledge on malaria, use of Long Lasting Insecticide Treate...

    Authors: Zewdie Birhanu, Yemane Ye-ebiyo Yihdego and Delenasaw Yewhalaw

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:629

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Human strongyloidiasis is a chronic and persistent gastrointestinal disease caused by infection with soil-transmitted helminths of the genus Strongyloides. The aim of this research was to obtain diagnostic preval...

    Authors: Thidarat K. Prasongdee, Pokkamol Laoraksawong, Wanida Kanarkard, Ratthaphol Kraiklang, Kraisit Sathapornworachai, Sureeporn Naonongwai, Porntip Laummaunwai, Oranuch Sanpool, Pewpan M. Intapan and Wanchai Maleewong

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:627

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  19. Content type: Research article

    A simple and accurate molecular diagnostic method for malaria is urgently needed due to the limitations of conventional microscopic examination. In this study, we demonstrate a new diagnostic procedure for hum...

    Authors: Kazuo Imai, Norihito Tarumoto, Kazuhisa Misawa, Lucky Ronald Runtuwene, Jun Sakai, Kyoko Hayashida, Yuki Eshita, Ryuichiro Maeda, Josef Tuda, Takashi Murakami, Shigefumi Maesaki, Yutaka Suzuki, Junya Yamagishi and Takuya Maeda

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:621

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The PfEMP1 family of Plasmodium falciparum antigens play a key role in pathogenesis of severe malaria through their insertion into the surface of parasite infected erythrocytes, and adhesion to host cells. Previo...

    Authors: Abdirahman I. Abdi, Susanne H. Hodgson, Michelle K. Muthui, Cheryl A. Kivisi, Gathoni Kamuyu, Domtila Kimani, Stephen L. Hoffman, Elizabeth Juma, Bernhards Ogutu, Simon J. Draper, Faith Osier, Philip Bejon, Kevin Marsh and Peter C. Bull

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:585

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