“Hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus) are thought to infect 740 million people worldwide. Most infections occur in low- and middleincome countries where the root causes are socioeconomic vulnerability and limited access to safe water, good hygiene and adequate sanitation.
Hookworm, along with other soil-transmitted helminthiases, is included in the World Health Organization category of neglected tropical diseases.”
The enclosed research article from the Medical Journal of Australia discusses findings which focused on determining the prevalence and trends of human hookworm infection (HWI) in the Northern Territory over the past 10 years, and to assess the influence of the community children’s deworming program (CCDP).
The findings in part ” emphasises the importance of using albendazole in children and adults with anaemia and/or eosinophilia, with the aim of eventual eradication of human HWI from the NT.”