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23 March 2021 The meeting addressed the last key area, that is, determining the best method or combination of diagnostic methods for a control programme for S. stercoralis infections in humans. Dr Montresor’s presentation highlighted that while there is currently no “gold standard” for the diagnosis of S. stercoralis, there is a felt urgency to optimize diagnostic regimens that are currently available, and in the context of population-based testing (as opposed to individual focused diagnostics in clinical settings). In other words, the diagnostic test(s) should have good accuracy, but we should remember that in public health we do not aim at individual diagnosis: rather, we need a tool that should help to estimate the prevalence in a population.

Soil-transmitted helminthiasis,  helminths,  stool,  diagnostics,  methods,  Laboratory diagnostics,  control programmes,  Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs),