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Research Article

Control of Tungiasis through Intermittent Application of a Plant-Based Repellent: An Intervention Study in a Resource-Poor Community in Brazil

  • John Buckendahl,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany

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  • Jörg Heukelbach,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Liana Ariza,

    Affiliation: Post-Graduation Program in Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

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  • Judith Dorothea Kehr,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany

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  • Martin Seidenschwang,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany

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  • Hermann Feldmeier mail

    hermann.feldmeier@charite.de

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany

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  • Published: November 09, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000879

About the Authors

John Buckendahl, Judith Dorothea Kehr, Martin Seidenschwang, Hermann Feldmeier
Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany
Jörg Heukelbach
Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
Liana Ariza
Post-Graduation Program in Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

Corresponding Author

Email: hermann.feldmeier@charite.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JH HF. Performed the experiments: JB LA MS. Analyzed the data: JB LA MS HF. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JB JH LA JDK HF. Wrote the paper: JB HF.