Volume 85, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The efficacy of praziquantel for the treatment of in humans is reported from a cross-sectional survey conducted in 33 villages in Sichuan Province. Infection prevalence was found to be 5.7% (185 infected of 3,269 tested) in a region where 44–73% prevalence was found 9 years before. Collected miracidia were subjected to an test of praziquantel susceptibility. An effective concentration of praziquantel associated with 50% of miracidia changing shape was found between 10 and 10 M and 10 and 10 M for 10 and 5 minutes of exposure, respectively. After treating infected persons two times with 40-mg/kg doses of praziquantel, only one remained infected. Findings are reported from a 60-household questionnaire on attitudes and behaviors that may be associated with development of drug resistance. The low number of treatment failures and good compliance with treatment despite side effects and repeated annual treatments suggest that, in the near term, praziquantel remains effective in treating human infection in China.


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  • Received : 27 Sep 2010
  • Accepted : 08 Apr 2011
  • Published online : 01 Jul 2011

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