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Short communication: Wuchereria bancrofti antigenaemia in Sri Lanka

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Abstract:

The prevalence of Wuchereria bancrofti antigenaemia determined in 353 subjects in Matara, Sri Lanka by Og4C3 ELISA was 20.7%. Positive rates obtained with the same subjects by 1 ml Nuclepore filtration and 60 ┬Ál thick blood smear were 11.3% and 7.9%, respectively. Antigen levels were positively associated with microfilaria counts. Two-thirds of antigen-positive and microfilaria-negative (Ag+/Mf-) individuals were > 25-year-old, but younger age groups (≤ 25-year-old) tended to have proportionally more Ag+/Mf- cases. Possible origins of the Ag+/Mf- status are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.1999.43379.x

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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