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Research Article

Controlling Tungiasis in an Impoverished Community: An Intervention Study

  • Daniel Pilger,

    Affiliation: Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité–University of Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Stefan Schwalfenberg,

    Affiliation: Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité–University of Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Jörg Heukelbach,

    Affiliations: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil, Mandacaru Foundation, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Lars Witt,

    Affiliation: Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité–University of Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Norbert Mencke,

    Affiliation: Bayer HealthCare AG, Animal Health Division, Leverkusen, Germany

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  • Adak Khakban,

    Affiliation: Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité–University of Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Hermann Feldmeier mail

    hermann.feldmeier@charite.de

    Affiliation: Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité–University of Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Published: October 22, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000324

About the Authors

Daniel Pilger, Stefan Schwalfenberg, Lars Witt, Adak Khakban, Hermann Feldmeier
Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, Charité–University of Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany
Jörg Heukelbach
Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
Jörg Heukelbach
Mandacaru Foundation, Fortaleza, Brazil
Norbert Mencke
Bayer HealthCare AG, Animal Health Division, Leverkusen, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: hermann.feldmeier@charite.de

Competing Interests

Norbert Mencke is a senior scientist at Bayer Health Care, Monheim, Germany, a company which produces insecticides.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JH HF. Performed the experiments: SS JH LW. Analyzed the data: DP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: NM. Wrote the paper: DP. Contributed to the manuscript: JH. Contributed to the manuscript and analysis: AK. Revised the manuscript and participated in the analysis: HF.