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Bancroftian filariasis in an isolated hunter-gatherer shifting horticulturist group in Papua New Guinea


Bulletin of the World Health Organization 71(1): 55-58
Bancroftian filariasis in an isolated hunter-gatherer shifting horticulturist group in Papua New Guinea
A survey for Wuchereria bancrofti microfilaraemia using membrane filtration was carried out among the Hagahai, a recently contacted Papua New Guinea group of hunter-gatherer shifting horticulturists. Adult men had a significantly higher microfilaraemia rate than women. Children aged > 15 years had significantly fewer infections than adults and the microfilaraemia densities were considerably lower. Two subjects exhibited matutinal microfilarial periodicity, peaking at approximately 06 h 00. The possible reasons for the epidemiological and microfilarial findings are discussed.


Accession: 002308161

PMID: 8440038



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