Volume 97, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Nigeria has the largest population at risk for lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Africa. This study used a transmission assessment survey (TAS) to determine whether mass drug administration (MDA) for LF could stop in 21 districts, divided into four evaluation units (EUs), of Plateau and Nasarawa States, Nigeria, after 8–12 years of annual albendazole–ivermectin treatment. A total of 7,131 first- and second-year primary school children (approximately 6–7 years old) were tested for LF antigen by immunochromatographic test (ICT) from May to June 2012. The target sample size of 1,692 was exceeded in each EU (range = 1,767–1,795). A total of 25 (0.4%) individuals were ICT positive, with the number of positives in each EU (range = 3–11) less than the TAS cutoff of 20, meaning that LF transmission had been reduced below sustainable levels. As a result, 3.5 million annual albendazole–ivermectin treatments were halted in 2013. Combined with the previous halt of MDA for LF in other parts of Plateau and Nasarawa, these are the first Nigerian states to stop LF MDA statewide. Posttreatment surveillance is ongoing to determine if LF transmission has been interrupted.


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  • Received : 26 Oct 2016
  • Accepted : 29 May 2017
  • Published online : 24 Jul 2017
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