Epidemiologic application of circulating antigen detection in a recent Schistosoma mansoni focus in Northern Senegal

Katja Polman*, F. Stelma, B. Gryseels, Govert J. Van Dam, I. Talla, M. Niang, L. Lieshout, Andre M. Deelder

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Quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) for the detection of circulating anodic antigen (CAA) and circulating cathodic antigen (CCA) in serum and urine were applied as an epidemiologic tool in a recent, intense focus of Schistosoma mansoni in Senegal. Both CAA and CCA in serum and CCA in urine were found in 94%, 83%, and 95%, respectively, of the population, of which 91% were positive on stool examination. Circulating antigens were also detectable in sera and urines of most egg negative individuals. The sensitivities of the urine CCA and serum CAA ELISA were substantially higher than that of a single egg count, and increased with egg output. The CAA and CCA levels correlated well with egg counts and with each other. The age- related evolution of antigen levels followed a similar pattern as egg counts, providing supplementary evidence for a genuine reduction of worm burdens in adults in spite of the supposed absence of acquired immunity in this recently exposed community. The antigen:egg ratios decreased in adults, suggesting lower worm fecundity in children. This would be compatible with a density dependent reduction of fecundity, but not with anti-fecundity immunity in adults that perhaps has not yet developed in this new focus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-157
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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