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Gender, Behavior, and HealthSchistosomiasis Transmission and Control in Rural Egypt$
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Samiha El Katsha and Susan Watts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9789774247286

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.001.0001

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Schistosomiasis in Egypt: 1988–96

Schistosomiasis in Egypt: 1988–96

(p.53) 5 Schistosomiasis in Egypt: 1988–96
Gender, Behavior, and Health

Samiha El Katsha

American University in Cairo Press

Egypt, with its long history of research and schistosomiasis control activities, was in 1988 the first country in the world to adopt the new drug praziquantel as the mainstay of its national treatment and control program. Public health officials in Egypt realized that the long courses of injections required by tartar emetic and its derivatives could not solve the problem. The Ministry of Health, which already provided screening and treatment for school children, set about identifying the most appropriate way to incorporate the new drug into their program. An initial prevalence survey assessed the situation before praziquantel was administered; the second survey followed one year later and the third assessed the situation the following year and no praziquantel having been administered between these two surveys.

Keywords:   praziquantel, treatment, derivatives, prevalence, surveys

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