Ongoing surveillance for lymphatic filariasis in Togo: Assessment of alternatives and nationwide reassessment of transmission status

Philip J. Budge, Ameyo M. Dorkenoo, Yao K. Sodahlon, Omofolarin B. Fasuyi, Els Mathieu

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Abstract

Tremendous progress has been made towards the goal of global elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF) transmission by 2020. The number of endemic countries reducing LF transmission through mass drug administration continues to increase, and therefore, the need for effective post-intervention surveillance also continues to increase. Togo is the first sub-Saharan African country to implement LF surveillance, and it has 6 years of experience with this passive surveillance system. We herein report the results of a recent evaluation of the Togolese LF surveillance system, including an evaluation of blood donors as a surveillance population, and provide updated results of ongoing surveillance, including expansion in remote areas. Since implementation of LF surveillance in 2006, only three cases of positive Wuchereria bancrofti filaremia have been detected, suggesting that interruption of transmission has been sustained. Given the impracticality of validating the surveillance system in the absence of ongoing transmission, we confirmed the lack of transmission through a nationwide reassessment survey.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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