Resistance to single dose albendazole and reinfection with intestinal helminths among children ages 2 to 11 years from the Peruvian Amazon region: a study protocol

Greisi Curico, Paul García-Bardales, Tackeshy Pinedo, Wagner Shapiama, Miguel Moncada-Yaicate, Lucero Romaina, Pablo P. Yori, Maribel Paredes-Olortegui, Graciela Meza-Sánchez, Andrés G. Lescano, Valerie A. Paz-Soldan, Francesca Schiaffino, Richard A. Oberhelman, Margaret N. Kosek

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Background: Deworming programs aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality from geohelminth infections are common in many countries where these infections are endemic, but data demonstrating increasing levels of resistance to albendazole and mebendazole are causes for concern. Studies to evaluate the clinical efficacy of deworming programs are critical to maintain high infection control goals. Methods: We propose to assess the clinical efficacy of Peruvian national guidelines for deworming programs in a prospective observational study conducted in the Amazon River basin area near Iquitos, Peru. Major outcomes to be evaluated include (1) albendazole resistance of intestinal helminths (trichuriasis, ascariasis, hookworm), and (2) frequency of reinfection with intestinal helminths 4 months after treatment with albendazole. Children ages 2–11 years from the Belén District of Iquitos will be identified based on a community census. Following parental informed consent, demographic data, weight, and height will be recorded and a stool specimen for parasitological exam by direct observation and Kato-Katz concentration method, and helminthic egg counts will be collected prior to administration of albendazole, following Peruvian national guidelines. Follow-up stool specimens examined in the same manner will be collected at 20 days, 90 days, and 100 days following initial administration of albendazole, and based on parasites found repeat treatment will be administered in accordance with national guidelines. Real-time multiplex qPCR will be performed on helminth positive samples collected prior to initial deworming and on helminth-positive specimens detected on day 15–20. A total sample size of 380 participants was calculated based on total population in the target group and prevalence estimates of helminth infections and clinical resistance based on recent data. Discussion: Data from observational clinical efficacy studies are important to guide geohelminth infection control programs. Trial registration Identification number: researchregistry7736; Registered retrospectively March 13, 2022;

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Número de artículo528
PublicaciónBMC Infectious Diseases
EstadoPublicada - dic. 2022


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