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A Multicenter Evaluation of Diagnostic Tools to Define Endpoints for Programs to Eliminate Bancroftian Filariasis

  • Katherine Gass,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center, The Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Madsen V. E. Beau de Rochars,

    Affiliation: Hopital Ste. Croix, Leogane, Haiti

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  • Daniel Boakye,

    Affiliation: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana

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  • Mark Bradley,

    Affiliation: Global Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline, London, United Kingdom

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  • Peter U. Fischer,

    Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • John Gyapong,

    Affiliation: Research and Development Division, Ghana Health Service, Accra, Ghana

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  • Makoto Itoh,

    Affiliation: Department of Parasitology, Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, Nagakute, Aichi-ken, Japan

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  • Nese Ituaso-Conway,

    Affiliation: National Program for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis, Ministry of Health, Funafuti, Tuvalu

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  • Hayley Joseph,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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  • Dominique Kyelem,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center, The Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Sandra J. Laney,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Anne-Marie Legrand,

    Affiliation: Institut Louis Malardé, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

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  • Tilaka S. Liyanage,

    Affiliation: Anti-Filariasis Campaign, Sri Lanka Ministry of Health and Nutrition, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  • Wayne Melrose,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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  • Khalfan Mohammed,

    Affiliation: Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program, Ministry of Health, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania

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  • Nils Pilotte,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Eric A. Ottesen,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center, The Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Catherine Plichart,

    Affiliation: Institut Louis Malardé, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

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  • Kapa Ramaiah,

    Affiliation: Vector Control Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Pondicherry, India

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  • Ramakrishna U. Rao,

    Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Jeffrey Talbot,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center, The Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Gary J. Weil,

    Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Steven A. Williams,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Kimberly Y. Won,

    Affiliation: Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Patrick Lammie mail

    pjl1@cdc.gov

    Affiliation: Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Published: January 17, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001479

About the Authors

Katherine Gass, Dominique Kyelem, Eric A. Ottesen, Jeffrey Talbot
Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center, The Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia, United States of America
Madsen V. E. Beau de Rochars
Hopital Ste. Croix, Leogane, Haiti
Daniel Boakye
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana
Mark Bradley
Global Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline, London, United Kingdom
Peter U. Fischer, Ramakrishna U. Rao, Gary J. Weil
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
John Gyapong
Research and Development Division, Ghana Health Service, Accra, Ghana
Makoto Itoh
Department of Parasitology, Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, Nagakute, Aichi-ken, Japan
Nese Ituaso-Conway
National Program for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis, Ministry of Health, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Hayley Joseph, Wayne Melrose
Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Sandra J. Laney, Nils Pilotte, Steven A. Williams
Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America
Anne-Marie Legrand, Catherine Plichart
Institut Louis Malardé, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Tilaka S. Liyanage
Anti-Filariasis Campaign, Sri Lanka Ministry of Health and Nutrition, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Khalfan Mohammed
Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program, Ministry of Health, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania
Kapa Ramaiah
Vector Control Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Pondicherry, India
Kimberly Y. Won, Patrick Lammie
Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: pjl1@cdc.gov

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MB PUF DK SJL EAO GJW PL. Performed the experiments: MVEBdR DB PUF JG MI NIC HJ SJL A-ML TSL WM KM NP CP RUR KR GJW SAW KW PL. Analyzed the data: KG JT PL EAO KYW DK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GJW PUF PL MI WM. Wrote the paper: KG EAO PL KYW.