The global war against intestinal parasites--should we use a holistic approach?
Intestinal parasite infections have been known to compromise the quality of human life since prehistoric times. Throughout the ages, human civilizations have fought against parasitism, including intestinal parasites. During the second half of the last century, the focus of disease-combating efforts moved to other imminent public health issues, under the notion that the fight against infectious diseases had been won. However, the disease incidence data indicate that these diseases continue to wreak havoc on human productivity across the globe. Lately, chemotherapeutic intervention has been stressed for the control of intestinal parasitic infections. In this paper we evaluate the need for a holistic approach to address this issue and make recommendations for this cause. Copyright © 2010 International Society for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2009.11.036