Helminths are parasitic intestinal worms that can be transmitted to humans from contaminated soil. They can cause infection that can result in tiredness, low blood counts, and even trouble with growth!
Treatable parasitic diseases may still be prevalent in the American South but nobody has looked in a long time.
Researchers from UMMC are conducting a study to see if parasitic infections are a health problem for children ages 2-18 living in select counties of Mississippi:
Please contact us to see if your child qualifies for participation and a free STH screening. Participants will be compensated for their time.
University of Mississippi Medical Center: FW400003630Protocol: 2016-0111Approved: 02/20/2022Expires: 02/19/2023
Charlotte Hobbs, MDPrincipal Investigator and Professor of Pediatrics
Lisa A. Haynie, PhD, RN, FNP-BCCo-Investigator
For more details and to enroll, please call (601) 815-8419 or send email to MSParasiteProject@umc.edu.
View the video below for more details about soil transmitted helminths and this research project.
References cited in the video:
How Four Once Common Diseases Were Eliminated From The American South: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.28.6.1734
USAID – Neglected Tropical Diseases Program - STH: https://www.neglecteddiseases.gov/usaid-targeted-diseases/soil-transmitted-helminths/
Mississippi History Now – The Importance of Wearing Shoes: Hookworm Disease in Mississippi: https://www.mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/issue/hookworm-disease-in-mississippi%3A-the-importance-of-wearing-shoes
World Health Organization – Fact Sheet - STH: Source: https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/soil-transmitted-helminth-infections
DPDx – Laboratory Identification of Parasites of Public Health Concern – Hookworm (Intestinal): https://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/hookworm/index.html
Rockefeller Archive Center – Public Health: How the Fight Against Hookworm Helped Build a System: https://rockfound.rockarch.org/rockefeller-sanitary-commission