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Volume 12, Number 10—October 2006

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Helminth-related Eosinophilia in African Immigrants, Gran Canaria

Javier Pardo*†1, Cristina Carranza‡1, Antonio Muro*, Alfonso Angel-Moreno§, Antonio-Manuel Martín‡§, Teresa Martín*, Michele Hernández-Cabrera‡¶, and José-Luis Pérez-Arellano‡¶Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain; †Hospital Universitario de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain; ‡Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; §Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; ¶Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

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Table 1

Characteristics of immunodiagnostic tests*

Test Antigen mg per well
of antigens Serum dilution Anti-IgG
peroxidase dilution Sensitivity, %† Specificity, %‡
Schistosoma spp. AWA S. bovis 0.05 1:100 1:2,000 94 97
Filaria AWA Dirofilaria immitis 0.08 1:100 1:5,000 90 97
Fasciola spp. E/S F. hepatica 0.04 1:100 1:2,000 100 96
Trichinella spp. L1 T. spiralis 0.03 1:100 1:2,500 100 91

*IgG, immunoglobulin G; AWA, adult worm antigens; E/S, excretory/secretory antigens; L1, larvae 1 antigens.
†Sensitivity: serum samples from patients infected with schistosomiasis (35), tropical filariasis (20), fascioliasis (12), and trichinellosis (3) were used.
‡Specificity: serum samples from healthy controls from sub-Saharan Africa (41), from healthy Spanish blood donors (52), from patients with other isolated helminthic infections (45), from patients with protozoa infections (25), and from patients with bacterial or viral infections (19) were used.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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