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Schistosomiasis in Egypt: 1988–96

Samiha El Katsha

in Gender, Behavior, and Health

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9789774247286
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.003.0005
Schistosomiasis in Egypt: 1988–96

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Egypt, with its long history of research and schistosomiasis control activities, was in 1988 the first country in the world to adopt the new drug praziquantel as the mainstay of its national treatment and control program. Public health officials in Egypt realized that the long courses of injections required by tartar emetic and its derivatives could not solve the problem. The Ministry of Health, which already provided screening and treatment for school children, set about identifying the most appropriate way to incorporate the new drug into their program. An initial prevalence survey assessed the situation before praziquantel was administered; the second survey followed one year later and the third assessed the situation the following year and no praziquantel having been administered between these two surveys.

Keywords: praziquantel; treatment; derivatives; prevalence; surveys

Chapter.  5924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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