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|Title:||The impact of insecticide-treated school uniforms on dengue infections in school-aged children: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial in Thailand|
James G. Logan
Steve W. Lindsay
Valérie R. Louis
Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Boston University School of Public Health
|Citation:||Trials. Vol.13, (2012)|
|Abstract:||Background: There is an urgent need to protect children against dengue since this age group is particularly sensitive to the disease. Since dengue vectors are active mainly during the day, a potential target for control should be schools where children spend a considerable amount of their day. School uniforms are the cultural norm in most developing countries, worn throughout the day. We hypothesise that insecticide-treated school uniforms will reduce the incidence of dengue infection in school-aged children. Our objective is to determine the impact of impregnated school uniforms on dengue incidence.Methods: A randomised controlled trial will be conducted in eastern Thailand in a group of schools with approximately 2,000 students aged 7-18 years. Pre-fabricated school uniforms will be commercially treated to ensure consistent, high-quality insecticide impregnation with permethrin. A double-blind, randomised, crossover trial at the school level will cover two dengue transmission seasons.Discussion: Practical issues and plans concerning intervention implementation, evaluation, analysing and interpreting the data, and possible policy implications arising from the trial are discussed.Trial registration: clinicaltrial.gov. Registration number: NCT01563640. © 2012 Wilder-Smith et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2011-2015|
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