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CONCOMITANT PARASITISM: BANCROFTIAN FILARIASIS AND INTESTINAL HELMINTHS AND RESPONSE TO ALBENDAZOLE

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  • 1 Division of Immunology, Regional Medical Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Bhubaneswar, India; Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College of Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Subjects in an disease-endemic area in Orissa, India concomitantly infected with filariasis and intestinal helminths had significantly lower intensity of filarial infection in comparison with those who were infected only with filariasis. Administration of albendazole resulted in a significant decrease in the prevalence of filarial antigenemia in subjects concomitantly infected with intestinal helminths, but produced little change in this infection measure in subjects infected only with Wuchereria bancrofti. These results indicate that intestinal helminths could play a role in the anti-filarial activity of albendazole, most probably by depressing filarial infection intensity in co-infected individuals. Confirmation of these findings in a larger cohort may yield important new insights regarding the role of using albendazole in the ongoing intervention programs for the control of lymphatic filariasis.

Author Notes

Reprint requests: Balachandran Ravindran, Division of Immunology, Regional Medical Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Bhubaneswar 751023, India.
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