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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1991 Mar-Apr;85(2):235-8.

Hookworm (Necator americanus) infection and storage iron depletion.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, University of Nottingham, UK.


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.

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