Concentrating soil-transmitted Helminths from soil and sewage samples

Status
Completed
Start date
End date
Start stage
Discovery
End stage
Discovery
Disease
Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH)
Research areas
Basic research
Diagnostic

Drs. Izurieta developed a solar-chemical toilet that sanitizes waste products. To determine the efficacy, he needed to assess the viability of parasite eggs in soil and sewage samples post-sanitization. To assist Dr. Izurieta and his colleague Dr. Reina Ortiz, BVGH connected them with Dr. Selvaganapathy, a biomicrofluidics expert. With support from the USF investigators, Dr. Selvaganapathy developed a tangential flow filtration device and tested the efficacy of the device in concentrating Ascaris eggs.