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;770:610-616).
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.
Friedrich MJ. Veterinary Anthelmintic Drug Is Effective Against Whipworm. JAMA. 2014;311(11):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1879