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Strongyloides stercoralis affects more than half a billion people worldwide, and hyperinfection in immunocompromised patients can be fatal. Elimination of this neglected tropical disease requires field-applicable diagnostic tools. We conducted a laboratory evaluation of a lateral flow rapid dipstick test (SsRapid™) using sera samples from a Strongyloides-endemic area in northeast Thailand. Group 1 was S. stercoralis-positive and larvae- and/or antibody-positive (according to the IgG ELISA) (N = 100). Group 2 had negative fecal examination and IgG ELISA results (N = 25). Group 3 had other parasitic infections and negative IgG ELISA results (N = 25). The results showed good diagnostic sensitivity (82%) and excellent specificity (96%). Suggested improvements in the SsRapid™ test include increased diagnostic sensitivity and conversion to the more robust cassette format. Field studies should be performed as well.
Authors’ addresses: Rahmah Noordin, Nor Suhada Anuar, and Nor Mustaiqazah Juri, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia 11800, E-mails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. Phattharaphon Wongphutorn, Khon Kaen University, Biomedical Science Program Graduate School, Khon Kaen, Thailand and Khon Kaen University, Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute (CARI), Nai Mueang, Khon Kaen, Thailand, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sirowan Ruantip, Khon Kaen University, Biomedical Science Program, Graduate School, Nai Mueang, Khon Kaen, Thailand, E-mail: email@example.com. Kulthida Y. Kopolrat, Chanika Worasith, and Paiboon Sithithaworn, Khon Kaen University, Parasitology, Khon Kaen, Thailand, and Khon Kaen University, Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute (CARI), Nai Mueang, Khon Kaen, Thailand, E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Jiraporn Sithithaworn, Mahasarakham University, Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham, Thailand, E-mail: email@example.com.