The effects of thiabendazole, mebendazole and cambendazole in normal and immunosuppressed dogs infected with a human strain of Strongyloides stercoralis.
Author(s): Grove DI, Northern C
Affiliation(s): Department of Medicine, University of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands.
Publication date & source: 1988, Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg., 82(1):146-9.
The effects of three benzimidazole anthelmintics in dogs infected with a human strain of Strongyloides stercoralis were investigated. Cambendazole, but not thiabendazole or mebendazole, abrogated the subsequent development of a patent infection when administered at the same time as infection to immunocompetent dogs. None of the drugs eradicated infection when given after the onset of patency in immunosuppressed animals, although worm burdens were greatly reduced in dogs treated with cambendazole. The implications of these findings for the treatment of patients with strongyloidiasis, particularly those with disseminated infections, are discussed.