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A successful experience of soil-transmitted helminth control in the Republic of Korea

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  • A successful experience of soil-transmitted helminth control in the Republic of Korea
  • Hong, Sung-Tae; Chai, Jong-Yil; Choi, Min-Ho; Huh, Sun; Rim, Han-Jong; Lee, Soon-Hyung
  • The Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine


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Title A successful experience of soil-transmitted helminth control in the Republic of Korea
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Hong, Sung-Tae; Chai, Jong-Yil; Choi, Min-Ho; Huh, Sun; Rim, Han-Jong; Lee, Soon-Hyung

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[Seoul, Korea] : The Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

Date 2006-09
Journal Title; Vol./Issue The Korean Journal of Parasitology:vol. 44(no. 3)
Pages 9
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
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Abstract

Soil-transmitted helminths (STH), namely Ascaris, Trichuris and hookworms (Ancylostoma and Necator), present a global health problem to about a half of the earth's population. In the Republic of Korea, STH were highly prevalent and were considered a high priority target for national control. To promote the control, a non-governmental organization named Korea Association for Parasite Eradication (currently Korea Association of Health Promotion) was founded in 1964, and mass fecal examination followed by selective mass chemotherapy with anthelmintics was performed twice a year from 1969 to 1995 targeting whole nationwide schoolchildren. Meanwhile, decreasing patterns of national STH infections have been monitored by 7 times' quinquennial national surveys targeting general population. (The rest omitted)