EPA Science Inventory

Validation of Salivary Immunoassays for Waterborne Infections

Citation:

Converse, R. AND Tim Wade. Validation of Salivary Immunoassays for Waterborne Infections. Presented at Water and Health Conference 2013, Chapel Hill, NC, October 15 - 18, 2013.

Description:

Assessments of the health outcomes associated with exposure to fecally-contaminated water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene (WASH) currently rely upon self-reported symptoms and invasive collection of blood and stool samples. However, these methods are limited in their ability to accurately quantify disease prevalence in large populations. There is a need for simple, inexpensive, and convenient approaches to objectively assess the benefits of WASH-associated interventions. Saliva isa promising diagnostic medium that is collected easily and non-invasively, requires minimal processing, and can withstand ambient conditions forseveral days. Salivary immunoassays have been developed to diagnose several infections, though few of these are WASH-associated. We are developing salivary immunoassays for three chronic WASH-associated infections: Toxoplasma gondil, Helicobacter pylon, and Toxocana spp. Global prevalence for each of these infections is greater than 40%, though most of these infections are subclinical. However, in rare cases, the clinical manifestations of these diseases can be severe and may include ocular or organ damage, mental illness, disorders of the central nervous system, or cancer. These infections have increased prevalence in impoverished areas with inadequate sanitation, with evidence that these infections can be transmitted in water. In this poster, we present preliminary results of studies designed to validate the salivary imniunoassays forT. gondli, H. pylon, and Toxocara spp. with reference to “gold standard” serum-based diagnostic tests. Paired serum and saliva samples are collected from diseased and non-diseased individuals, and sensitivity ad specificity of the salivary assays will be calculated with reference to the serum results. Additionally, subjects complete a brief questionnaire about exposures and symptoms, and questionnaire data will be related to results of the salivary and serum immunoassays. We have collected samples from 162 community-based volunteers with increased exposures to the pathogens of interest through frequent animal contacts. We intend to collect at least 600 paired serum and saliva samples for the validation tests. Following validation, these salivary immunoassays will be used to estimate the prevalence of waterborne transmission ofT. gondli, H. pyloN, and Toxocana spp.

Purpose/Objective:

We present preliminary results of a validations study for salivary immunoassays for several waterborne pathogens.

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EPHD-13-071-ABSTRACT.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 295.346 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Completion Date: 01/07/2014
Record Last Revised: 01/07/2014
Record Created: 01/07/2014
Record Released: 01/07/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 266117

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION

EPIDEMIOLOGY BRANCH