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Global Health
March 19, 2014

Veterinary Anthelmintic Drug Is Effective Against Whipworm

JAMA. 2014;311(11):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1879

A deworming drug used in animals, adapted for use in humans, is effective for treating children in Tanzania with whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), report reserachers from Switzerland and Tanzania (Speich B et al. N Engl J Med. 2014;770[7]:610-616).

Infections with parasitic worms are commonly treated with the anthelmintic drugs albendazole or mebendazole, but neither is effective against T trichiura. The researchers randomly assigned 458 schoolchildren aged 6 to 14 years from Tanzania who were infected with either T trichiura or hookworm to receive 1 of 4 treatments: the veterinary drug oxantel pamoate, oxantel pamoate plus albendazole, albendazole alone, or mebendazole.

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