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A Comparison of the Sensitivity and Fecal Egg Counts of the McMaster Egg Counting and Kato-Katz Thick Smear Methods for Soil-Transmitted Helminths

  • Bruno Levecke mail,

    Bruno.Levecke@UGent.be

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Jerzy M. Behnke,

    Affiliation: School of Biology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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  • Sitara S. R. Ajjampur,

    Affiliation: Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

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  • Marco Albonico,

    Affiliation: Public Health Laboratory, Ivo de Carneri, Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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  • Shaali M. Ame,

    Affiliation: Public Health Laboratory, Ivo de Carneri, Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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  • Johannes Charlier,

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Stefan M. Geiger,

    Affiliation: Instituto René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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  • Nguyen T. V. Hoa,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Romuald I. Kamwa Ngassam,

    Affiliation: Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon

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  • Andrew C. Kotze,

    Affiliation: Division of Livestock Industries, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Brisbane, Australia

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  • James S. McCarthy,

    Affiliation: Queensland Institute for Medical Research, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia

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  • Antonio Montresor,

    Affiliation: Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Maria V. Periago,

    Affiliation: Instituto René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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  • Sheela Roy,

    Affiliation: Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

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  • Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté,

    Affiliation: Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon

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  • D. T. C. Thach,

    Affiliation: National Institute for Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Jozef Vercruysse

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Published: June 14, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001201

About the Authors

Bruno Levecke, Johannes Charlier, Jozef Vercruysse
Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
Jerzy M. Behnke
School of Biology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Sitara S. R. Ajjampur, Sheela Roy
Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Marco Albonico, Shaali M. Ame
Public Health Laboratory, Ivo de Carneri, Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Stefan M. Geiger, Maria V. Periago
Instituto René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Nguyen T. V. Hoa, D. T. C. Thach
National Institute for Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, Hanoi, Vietnam
Romuald I. Kamwa Ngassam, Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté
Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Andrew C. Kotze
Division of Livestock Industries, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Brisbane, Australia
James S. McCarthy
Queensland Institute for Medical Research, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia
Antonio Montresor
Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: Bruno.Levecke@UGent.be

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JMB MA ACK JSM AM JV. Performed the experiments: BL SSRA SMA JC SMG NTVH RIKN MVP SR L-ATT DTCT. Analyzed the data: BL JMB. Wrote the paper: BL JMB JC JV.