Levels of serum eosinophil cationic protein are associated with hookworm infection and intensity in endemic communities in Ghana.

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Summary of "Levels of serum eosinophil cationic protein are associated with hookworm infection and intensity in endemic communities in Ghana."

The eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) is a cytotoxic protein mainly secreted by eosinophils granulocytes and plays a role in host defense against parasitic infections. Infection with Necator americanus (hookworm) is traditionally diagnosed by the Kato-Katz method which is inherently tedious, subjective and known to underestimate infection intensity. This study aimed to assess levels of serum ECP in relation to hookworm infection intensity.


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Name: PloS one
ISSN: 1932-6203
Pages: e0222382


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