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dc.contributor.authorAppllenton, C.C.
dc.contributor.authorMaurihungirire, M.
dc.contributor.authorGouws, E.
dc.identifier.citationAPPLETON CC, MAURIHUNGIRIRE M, GOUWS E. The distribution of helminth infections along the coastal plain of Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa. Annals of tropical medicine and parasitology [Internet].en_US
dc.description.abstractThe results of a previous study indicated that, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Necator americanus and Strongyloides stercoralis were endemic to the coastal lowlands only. The prevalences of these helminths, as well as those of Trichuris trichiura and Ascaris lumbricoides, have now been investigated along a 1000-km-long transect through the coastal plain, at altitudes of < 300 m, from the Mozambique border (26 degrees 57'S) to the border with Eastern Cape province (30 degrees 53'S). Necator americanus was by far the most dominant hookworm species. Although prevalences of N. americanus and S. stercoralis infection decreased with increasing southerly latitude, those of T. trichiura and A. lumbricoides did not. Determinants of these distribution patterns are examined in terms of a suite of temperature- and rainfall-related variables.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWe are grateful to the local health authorities and school principals in the 10 study communities for their co-operation. The South African Medical Research Council provided ® nancial support, Professor J. C. Hughes (Department of Agronomy, University of Natal) gave advice on soil classi® cation, and F. Sokolic (Department of Geographical and Environmental Sciences, University of Natal) prepared the map.en_US
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dc.subjectTropical medicineen_US
dc.subjectBiological and medical sciencesen_US
dc.subjectMedical sciencesen_US
dc.subjectInfectious diseasesen_US
dc.subjectParasitic diseasesen_US
dc.subjectHelminthic diseasesen_US
dc.subjectTropical medicineen_US
dc.titleThe distribution of helminth infections along the coastal plain of Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCentre for Epidemiological Research in South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, P.O. Box 17120, Congella, Durban, 4013, South Africaen_US
dc.identifier.journalAnnals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitologyen_US
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