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Hookworm (Necator americanus) infection and storage iron depletion.

Pritchard, D. I. and Quinnell, R. J. and Moustafa, M. and McKean, Paul G. and Slater, A. F. and Raiko, A. and Dale, D. D. and Keymer, A. E. (1991) Hookworm (Necator americanus) infection and storage iron depletion. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 85 (2). pp. 235-238. ISSN 0035-9203

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Abstract

The relationship between iron status and the intensity of infection with hookworm was investigated in a rural population on Karkar Island, Mandang Province, Papua New Guinea. There was a significant negative correlation between plasma ferritin level and hookworm burden, which was strongest in males. In contrast, there was no correlation between plasma ferritin and hookworm egg count, and no consistent correlation between haemoglobin level or haematocrit and either measure of hookworm intensity. The results suggest that the role of hookworm in the aetiology of anaemia may be difficult to assess without the accurate measurement of hookworm burden.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 26057
Deposited By: Dr Paul G McKean
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2009 15:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26057

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