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An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookworm Eggs in Human Stool

  • Stefanie J. Krauth,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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  • Jean T. Coulibaly,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Unité de Formation et de Recherche Biosciences, Université de Cocody, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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  • Stefanie Knopp,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Mahamadou Traoré,

    Affiliation: Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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  • Eliézer K. N'Goran,

    Affiliations: Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Unité de Formation et de Recherche Biosciences, Université de Cocody, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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  • Jürg Utzinger mail

    juerg.utzinger@unibas.ch

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Published: December 20, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001969

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Interesting study

Posted by prashanthns on 30 Jan 2013 at 07:05 GMT

Interesting. Stool tests conducted in most laboratories do not require any particular instruction to the collector (usually the stool producer himself in out-patient settings) to "harvest" particular portions of the stool. And homogenisation is usually done only for the sample collected (and not for the entire stool output). So apparently, this does not have any effect on hookwork since Schistosoma is not a big problem in these parts.

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