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Global Health
May 15, 2018

Hookworm Treatment Improves Physical Stamina of Female Farmers

JAMA. 2018;319(19):1973. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.5432

One dose of albendazole improved the stamina of rural female farmers of childbearing age with hookworm in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report from an international group of researchers.

Hookworms attach to the gut mucosa, tearing blood vessels and feeding on blood, which can cause chronic anemia. Women of childbearing age living in agricultural areas are already at risk of iron deficiency and anemia, making them particularly vulnerable to hookworm infection, which can be acquired from contact with soil contaminated by human sewage.