A new paper from the GAHI team published in Parasites & Vectors explains global numbers of infection and disease burden of soil-transmitted helminth infections in 2010
A new paper from the GAHI team published in Parasites & Vectors explains global numbers of infection and disease burden of soil-transmitted helminth infections in 2010. The authors include Dr. Rachel Pullan, Jennifer Smith and Prof. Simon Brooker from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Rashmi Jasrasaria from Stanford University and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
The paper reveals that in 2010 an estimated 438.9 million people were infected with hookworm, 819.0 million with A. lumbricoides and 464.6 million with T. trichiura. Improvements in the cartography of helminth infection, combined with mathematical modelling approaches, have resulted in the most comprehensive contemporary estimates for the public health burden of STH.
The authors wish to thank Chris Murray, Mohsen Naghavi, Kathryn Andrews and Ian Bolliger at Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, as well as Peter Hotez and Don Bundy, for their contributions and support. This work was possible thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.