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An epidemiological investigation of congenital Schistosoma japonicum transmission in Hubei Province, PR China

An epidemiological investigation of congenital Schistosoma japonicum transmission in Hubei Province, PR China

Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health 32(2): 323-325

ISSN/ISBN: 0125-1562

PMID: 11556584

A cohort study was conducted in Hubei Province, China, following serious flooding of the Yangtze River in the autumn of 1998 to investigate the possibility of congenital transmission of Schistosoma japonicum in humans. The cohort investigated was comprised of 205 women and their 208 infants born between 1 September and 30 December 1998. Blood and fecal samples from all the women and their infants were collected and examined for S. japonicum infection. Positive specific antibody titers were found in 14 (6.8%) of the mothers, but no fecal egg excretion was observed. All infants had negative specific antibody titers and no S. japonicum eggs were found in their feces. Hence, the present study coud not confirm congenital S. japonicum transmission in humans. Further studies are highly wanted to study the impact of prenatal exposure of S. japonicum on the offspring.

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