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States show reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)

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    23rd Oct, 2020
  • Several states have shown reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH) infection.

  • Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)
  • It is also known as parasitic intestinal worm infection.
  • It is known to have detrimental effects on children’s physical growth and well-being and can cause anaemia and under-nutrition.
  • Regular deworming is advised by the WHO.
  • It eliminates worm infestation among children and adolescents living in areas with high STH burden.
  • In India, there were an estimated 64% children in the age group (1-14 years) at risk of STH as per WHO Report on STH published in 2012.
  • The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) completed the baseline STH mapping across the country by the end of 2016. 
  • The data showed varied prevalence ranging from 12.5 % in Madhya Pradesh to 85% in Tamil Nadu.

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