Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Rapid Assessment Procedure for Loiasis (RAPLOA)

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4868-1

This method is based on a simple, noninvasive diagnostic procedure using a short, comprehensive questionnaire, which was developed and validated by WHO.

The RAPLOA evaluation comprises three steps:
  1. 1.

    Identification of local names for Loa loa eyeworm infections using a community-level questionnaire

  2. 2.

    Collection of information on the history of eyeworm infections in a given village from adults in the community using a questionnaire with three key questions

  3. 3.

    Calculations of the percentage of adults who report a history of eyeworm and on the basis of this percentage, prediction of the level of L. loa endemicity



Diagnostic Procedure Assessment Procedure Rapid Assessment Comprehensive Questionnaire Noninvasive Diagnostic Procedure 
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Further Reading

  1. Zouré HGM et al (2011) The geographic distribution of Loa loa in Africa: results of a large scale implementation of the Rapid Assessment Procedure for Loiasis (RAPLOA). PLoS Negl Dis 5(6):e1210CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany