Our understanding of the biology of several intestinal parasites has progressed considerably in the past year, especially in the area of molecular biology. Information from molecular and genetic analyses has been used increasingly to improve understanding of pathogenesis, to apply improved diagnostic methods, and to seek new vaccination strategies. There were fewer relevant clinical studies than in previous years, but some are notable. Control of helminth infections by mass chemotherapy in school age children appears an achievable goal in many communities. Vaccine trials against some protozoan infections continue to show promise in animal models.
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