IgG4 serology was evaluated for early diagnosis of onchocerciasis in children living within an endemic focus of forest-type onchocerciasis in Nigeria. IgG4 serology proved to be more sensitive than conventional skin snip examination being able to detect 42% of infected children as opposed to 24% by snip examination. Furthermore, age was not a limitation to the technique within the 8 - 12 y spectrum. We conclude that IgG4 serology in children is a reliable indicator of community microfilarial rate and ongoing transmission of onchocerciasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-61
Number of pages3
JournalTropical Medicine and Parasitology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


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