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Infectious disease epidemiology

Section edited by Giovanni Rezza

This section aims to publish studies on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Retention of HIV Exposed Infants (HEIs) in care ensures adequate care. Data on retention of HEIs at large referral hospitals in Uganda is limited. We investigated the retention level of HEIs and associated fac...

    Authors: Pontius Apangu, Jonathan Izudi, Francis Bajunirwe, Edgar Mulogo and Vincent Batwala

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:436

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    This paper investigates the relationship between psychological health and quality of life (QOL) of people affected by leprosy (PAL) living in a community in Guangdong province, China.

    Authors: Mingzhou Xiong, Xiaohua Wang, Ting Su, Bin Yang, Ming Li and Daocheng Zheng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:424

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    Among persons living with HIV, poorer antiretroviral therapy adherence has been reported in African Americans and disproportionate mortality reported in young African American men who have sex with men (AAMSM)...

    Authors: Mark S. Dworkin, Palak Panchal, Wayne Wiebel, Robert Garofalo, Jessica E. Haberer and Antonio Jimenez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:394

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    In 2014, a study in Munyenge revealed a high prevalence of urogenital schistosomiasis (UGS) among pregnant women. This study investigated he prevalence and risk factors of UGS in pregnancy following scale-up o...

    Authors: Godlove Bunda Wepnje, Judith Kuoh Anchang-Kimbi, Vicky Daonyle Ndassi, Leopold Gustave Lehman and Helen Kuokuo Kimbi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:392

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  5. Content type: Research article

    India lacks data on the incidence of Paediatric HIV. In 2010, the Indian Council of Medical Research commissioned a task force study to estimate the paediatric HIV burden in Belgaum district, Karnataka, India....

    Authors: Rajaram Subramanian Potty, Anju Sinha, Rajeev Sethumadhavan, Shajy Isac and Reynold Washington

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:386

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Establishing a correct diagnosis is challenging. We aimed to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of routine tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic work-up in lung clinics in Indonesia, a country with the third h...

    Authors: Antonia Morita I. Saktiawati, Yanri W. Subronto, Ymkje Stienstra, Sumardi, Fabiola Supit and Tjip S. van der Werf

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:363

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) established validation criteria for elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis. Additionally, the WHO set targets to eliminate hepatitis...

    Authors: Maartje Visser, Catharina P. B. van der Ploeg, Colette Smit, Chantal W. P. M. Hukkelhoven, Frithjofna Abbink, Birgit H. B. van Benthem and Eline L. M. Op de Coul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:353

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Description of the epidemiology of influenza is needed to inform influenza vaccination policy. Here we examined influenza virus circulation in countries in the Asia-Pacific region and compared the timing of se...

    Authors: Clotilde El Guerche-Séblain, Saverio Caini, John Paget, Philippe Vanhems and François Schellevis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:331

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Over the last 30 years, extensive dengue epidemics have occurred in Brazil, characterized by emergences and re-emergences of different serotypes, a change in the epidemiological profile and an increase in the ...

    Authors: Priscila Conrado Guerra Nunes, Regina Paiva Daumas, Juan Camilo Sánchez-Arcila, Rita Maria Ribeiro Nogueira, Marco Aurélio Pereira Horta and Flávia Barreto dos Santos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:329

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The implementation of an integrated molecular surveillance (IMS) of tuberculosis (TB) is of high priority for TB control. IMS is defined as the systematic inclusion of molecular typing results in the national ...

    Authors: Andrea Sanchini, Marta Andrés, Lena Fiebig, Stefan Albrecht, Barbara Hauer and Walter Haas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:321

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Due to numerous blood exposures hospital staff are at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. This study aimed at estimating prevalence of HBV, associated risk factors and HBV vaccination among P...

    Authors: Maria Ganczak, Katarzyna Topczewska, Maria Budnik-Szymoniuk and Marcin Korzeń

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:298

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis is a major public health problem with varying prevalence in different settings. National prevalence surveys provide evidence for planning and decision making. However, they lack the capacity to es...

    Authors: Daniel G. Datiko, Ermias Amsalu Guracha, Elias Michael, Girum Asnake, Meaza Demisse, Sally Theobald, Olivia Tulloch, Mohammed A. Yassin and L. E. Cuevas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:295

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  13. Content type: Research article

    During the 2016–2017 austral summer, unprecedented water scarcity was observed in the south of Mayotte, French island in the Indian Ocean. Therefore, authorities introduced restrictive measures to save the wat...

    Authors: Marion Subiros, Elise Brottet, Jean-Louis Solet, Armelle LeGuen and Laurent Filleul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:288

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at high risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in China. Correct and consistent condom use is one of the most effective strategies for preventing the spread o...

    Authors: Hongbo Jiang, Xiaobin Chen, Jing Li, Zhimin Tan, Weibin Cheng and Yi Yang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:261

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Bariatric surgery is considered to be the most effective method of weight loss today. The aim of the present Swedish study, which was performed in a country that has universal health care, was to investigate i...

    Authors: Ensieh Memarian, Kristina Sundquist, Susanna Calling, Jan Sundquist and Xinjun Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:258

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  16. Content type: Research article

    With limited resources and spatio-temporal heterogeneity of malaria in developing countries, it is still difficult to assess the real impact of socioeconomic and environmental factors in order to set up target...

    Authors: Toussaint Rouamba, Seydou Nakanabo-Diallo, Karim Derra, Eli Rouamba, Adama Kazienga, Yasuko Inoue, Ernest K. Ouédraogo, Moussa Waongo, Sokhna Dieng, Abdoulaye Guindo, Boukary Ouédraogo, Kankoé Lévi Sallah, Seydou Barro, Pascal Yaka, Fati Kirakoya-Samadoulougou, Halidou Tinto…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:249

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Immunization is one of the most effective measures for preventing disease when vaccination coverage is sufficient. Although vaccination coverage is known to be influenced by social and cultural barriers, the d...

    Authors: Ikuma Nozaki, Masahiko Hachiya and Tomomi Kitamura

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:242

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Currently in Vietnam contact tracing for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) entails passive case finding among symptomatic household contacts who present themselves for diagnosis. Close contacts of MDR-...

    Authors: Thi Thanh Thuy Hoang, Viet Nhung Nguyen, Ngoc Sy Dinh, Guy Thwaites, Thu Anh Nguyen, H. Rogier van Doorn, Frank Cobelens and Heiman F. L. Wertheim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:241

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  19. Content type: Research article

    We used data released by the government to analyze the epidemiological distribution of pulmonary tuberculosis in mainland China from 2004 to 2015, in order to provide a deeper understanding of trends in the ep...

    Authors: Zuiyuan Guo, Dan Xiao, Xiuhong Wang, Yayu Wang and Tiecheng Yan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:219

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Mongolia was one of the four countries that received a measles-elimination certificate from the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific in 2014. Following the outbreaks in many countr...

    Authors: Oyunchimeg Orsoo, Yu Mon Saw, Enkhbold Sereenen, Buyanjargal Yadamsuren, Ariunsanaa Byambaa, Tetsuyoshi Kariya, Eiko Yamamoto and Nobuyuki Hamajima

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:201

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Despite increased antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage, the incidence of HIV infection among women in rural South Africa remains high. While many socio-demographic and behavioral factors have been identified,...

    Authors: Armstrong Dzomba, Andrew Tomita, Alain Vandormael, Kaymarlin Govender and Frank Tanser

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:196

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Very few studies have been conducted on the seroprevalence of syphilis in Gabon. According to the World Health Organization, the average seroprevalence of syphilis has declined from 5.5 to 1.1% in Central Afri...

    Authors: Cyrille Bisseye, Jean-Marie Eko Mba, Jophrette Mirelle Ntsame Ndong, Heidi E. Kosiorek, Richard J. Butterfield, Landry Erik Mombo, Bertrand M’batchi, Mitesh J. Borad, Bolni Marius Nagalo and Jean-Pierre Allain

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:167

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is caused by bacteria that are resistant to the most effective anti-tuberculosis drug. The MDR-TB is an increasing global problem and the spread of MDR-TB has differen...

    Authors: Yigzaw Alemu Limenih and Demeke Lakew Workie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:165

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The development of a safe and effective vaccine is considered crucial for dengue transmission control since vetor control has been failed; some potential candidates are currently in test, and in this context t...

    Authors: Luciana L. Cardim, Suani T. R. Pinho, M. Gloria Teixeira, M. Conceição N. Costa, M. Lourdes Esteva and Claudia P. Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:155

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Despite substantial improvements in accessibility of Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART), death of children on ART remains a prevailing challenge in sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. However, the pooled magnitu...

    Authors: Ismael Ahmed and Seblewengel Lemma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:149

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In the last few years, pertussis has re-emerged worldwide. The aim of this article is to study how the incidence of the disease has evolved in Barcelona city over a 16-year period, and determine which factors ...

    Authors: Sílvia Brugueras, Cristina Rius, Joan-Pau Millet, Martí Casals and Joan A. Caylà

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:144

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa that has been experiencing outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, Marburg and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fevers. In 2017 Uganda experienced a Marburg V...

    Authors: Aggrey Siya, William Bazeyo, Doreen Tuhebwe, Gabriel Tumwine, Arnold Ezama, Leonard Manirakiza, Donald R. Kugonza and Innocent B. Rwego

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:136

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In 2017, 64% of children living with HIV in Zambia accessed Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). Despite expanded ART coverage, there is paucity of information on effectiveness of pediatric ART in reducing mortality....

    Authors: Jane N. Mutanga, Simon Mutembo, Amara E. Ezeamama, Xiao Song, Robert C. Fubisha, Kunda Mutesu-Kapembwa, Derrick Sialondwe, Brenda Simuchembu, Jelita Chinyonga, Philip E. Thuma and Christopher C. Whalen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:115

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Cholera remains a disease of public health importance in Nigeria associated with high morbidity and mortality. In November 2014, the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) was no...

    Authors: Chioma Cindy Dan-Nwafor, Uzoma Ogbonna, Pamela Onyiah, Saheed Gidado, Bashorun Adebobola, Patrick Nguku and Peter Nsubuga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:112

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In 2016, the Government of India introduced the oral rotavirus vaccine (ROTAVAC, Bharat Biotech, India) in 4 states of India as part of the Universal Immunization Programme, and expanded to 5 more states in 20...

    Authors: Sidhartha Giri, Nayana P. Nair, Ann Mathew, B. Manohar, Anna Simon, Tejinder Singh, S. Suresh Kumar, M. A. Mathew, Sudhir Babji, Rashmi Arora, C. P. Girish Kumar, S. Venkatasubramanian, Sanjay Mehendale, Mohan D. Gupte and Gagandeep Kang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:69

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis B (HepB) is a major public health concern in Malaysia yet little is known about knowledge and awareness of this infection in the country. Such information is essential for designing effective interve...

    Authors: Yogambigai Rajamoorthy, Niazlin Mohd Taib, Subramaniam Munusamy, Samsul Anwar, Abram Luther Wagner, Mudatsir Mudatsir, Ruth Müller, Ulrich Kuch, David Alexander Groneberg, Harapan Harapan and Aye Aye Khin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:47

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Prevalence data of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are needed to estimate the budgetary impact of reimbursement of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). In Belgium, the restricted reimbursement criteria a...

    Authors: Amber Litzroth, Vanessa Suin, Chloé Wyndham-Thomas, Sophie Quoilin, Gaëtan Muyldermans, Thomas Vanwolleghem, Benoît Kabamba-Mukadi, Vera Verburgh, Marjorie Jacques, Steven Van Gucht and Veronik Hutse

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:39

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are major public health problems in poor and developing countries that require fecal contamination of the environment for transmission. The consumption of raw vegetab...

    Authors: Chuchard Punsawad, Nonthapan Phasuk, Kanjana Thongtup, Surasak Nagavirochana and Parnpen Viriyavejakul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:34

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  34. Content type: Research article

    In Togo, the prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus Surface Antigen (HBsAg) among young people aged 15–24 years was estimated at 16.4% in 2010; however, risk factors for HBsAg carriage are poorly documented. We sough...

    Authors: Wemboo Afiwa Halatoko, Akouda Patassi, Pauline Yanogo, Leou Ismael Banla, Adjaho Koba, Zoulkaneiri Issa, Koffi Akolly, Agballa Mébiny-Esso Tchalla, Hamadi Assane, Aboukerim Naba-Mouchedou, Bernard Sawadogo, Simon Nouvura Antara, Kossi Badziklou, Abiba Kere Banla, Didier Koumavi Ekouevi and Idrissa Sanou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:32

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  35. Content type: Research article

    People living with HIV (PLHIV) are at increased risk of tuberculosis (TB). TB is also the leading opportunistic infection contributing to about one-third of deaths in this population. The World Health Organiza...

    Authors: Philip Owiti, Dickens Onyango, Robina Momanyi and Anthony D. Harries

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:29

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Acute gastroenteritis is a substantial cause of hospitalization in children. Shigella, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), Giardia and Cryptosporidium are gastrointestina...

    Authors: Emma Jeffs, Jonathan Williman, Natalie Martin, Cheryl Brunton and Tony Walls

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:18

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Many men who have sex with men (MSM) are at significant risk for HIV infection. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and correlates of HIV infection among MSM in Burkina Faso.

    Authors: Henri Gautier Ouedraogo, Odette Ky-Zerbo, Ashley Grosso, Sara Goodman, Benoît Cesaire Samadoulougou, Grissoum Tarnagda, Adama Baguiya, Simon Tiendrebeogo, Marcel Lougue, Nongoba Sawadogo, Yves Traore, Nicolas Barro, Stefan Baral and Seni Kouanda

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:5

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  38. Content type: Research article

    One of the major challenges faced by people living with HIV (PLH) is the compromised quality of life due to the negative impact of HIV on their health. HIV/AIDS control effort should go beyond laboratory and l...

    Authors: Yongkang Xiao, Chunqing Lin, Li Li and Guoping Ji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:4

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Surveillance for adverse events following immunization is an important component of any national immunization programme because it is critical to assessing the safety of vaccines and to detecting potentially r...

    Authors: Stefania Spila Alegiani, Valeria Alfonsi, Eva Charlotte Appelgren, Lorenza Ferrara, Tolinda Gallo, Cristiano Alicino, Maria Grazia Pascucci, Silvia Aquilani, Antonietta Spadea, Silvio Tafuri and Caterina Rizzo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1401

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Incarceration can increase HIV risk behaviors for individuals involved with the criminal justice system and may be a driver of HIV acquisition...

    Authors: Joëlla W. Adams, Mark N. Lurie, Maximilian R. F. King, Kathleen A. Brady, Sandro Galea, Samuel R. Friedman, Maria R. Khan and Brandon D. L. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1387

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) patients crossing borders pose a serious challenge to global TB control efforts. The objectives of our study were firstly, to evaluate the trend and size of foreign-born pulmonary TB patients...

    Authors: Lisa Kawatsu, Akihiro Ohkado, Kazuhiro Uchimura and Kiyohiko Izumi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1355

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Hand hygiene is a simple and low-cost measure to reduce healthcare associated infection yet it has always been a concern in low as well as high resource settings across the globe. Poor hand hygiene during intr...

    Authors: Mukta Tyagi, Claudia Hanson, Joanna Schellenberg, Swecha Chamarty and Samiksha Singh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1299

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Spatial analysis has been vital in mapping the spread of diseases and assisting in policy making. Targeting diarrhea transmission hotspots is one of the potential strategies for reducing diarrhea cases. This s...

    Authors: Nilima, Asha Kamath, Karthik Shetty, B. Unnikrishnan, Siddharth Kaushik and Shesh N. Rai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1288

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  44. Content type: Research article

    We sought to identify if socioeconomic and demographic factors play a role in resident knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika in order to inform effective management procedur...

    Authors: A. Whiteman, A. Mejia, I. Hernandez and J. R. Loaiza

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1261

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  45. Content type: Research article

    HIV-infected individuals are at increased risk of anal cancer; in the majority of cases this is linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Anal cancer screening is not routinely offered in Zimbabwe.

    Authors: Simbarashe Chinyowa, Joel M. Palefsky, Zvavahera M. Chirenje, Rudo Makunike-Mutasa, Marshall Munjoma and Godfrey I. Muguti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1260

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In 2010, Rwanda adopted ART for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV from pregnant women living with HIV during pregnancy and breasfeeding period. This study examines rates of mother-to-child-tran...

    Authors: Placidie Mugwaneza, Alexandre Lyambabaje, Aline Umubyeyi, James Humuza, Landry Tsague, Fabian Mwanyumba, Vincent Mutabazi, Sabin Nsanzimana, Muhayimpundu Ribakare, Ange Irakoze, Emmanuel Mutaganzwa, Carl Lombard and Debra Jackson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1248

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Strongyloidiasis is prevalent in northeast Thailand. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of the Health Education and Preventive Equipment Package (HEPEP), a package we developed to improve awareness and ai...

    Authors: Pokkamol Laoraksawong, Oranuch Sanpool, Rutchanee Rodpai, Tongjit Thanchomnang, Wanida Kanarkard, Wanchai Maleewong, Ratthaphol Kraiklang and Pewpan M Intapan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1184

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