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Journal of Parasitology Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 617028, 3 pages
Research Article

Short Communication: A Simple Method for Performing Worm-Egg Counts on Sodium Acetate Formaldehyde-Preserved Samples

Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia

Received 20 September 2012; Revised 15 November 2012; Accepted 15 November 2012

Academic Editor: Bernard Marchand

Copyright © 2012 Wayne Melrose et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Kato Katz method is the most common way of performing worm-egg counts on human faecal samples, but it must be done in the field using freshly collected samples. This makes it difficult to use in remote, poorly accessible situations. This paper describes a simple method for egg counts on preserved samples collected in the field and sent to a central location for further processing.