Hookworms and anemia in women

Published September 26, 2008 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · Share your thoughts
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As posted in Neglected Tropical Diseases Society

Science Daily reports of a recent study in the PLoS showing that almost 7 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with hookworms and at risk for anemia. According to the study, completed through systemic investigation of literature, 37.7 million women in the region, and millions more in Asia and South America, remain infected with hookworms due to poor antihelminthic treatment options.

The research corroborates a strong link between blood loss due to intestinal hookworm infections and low hemoglobin levels. Anemia can lead to poor health conditions in mothers and maternal death and can slow fetal growth and development, leading to low birth-weight which is associated with infant morality.

Commenting on the impact of this study, the leading author, Simon Brooker of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme in Nairobi, Kenya told SciDev “We hope this will prompt the WHO, international agencies and national governments to further consider deworming in maternal health packages”.

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