About the Authors

Raaj S. Mehta, Alejandro Rodriguez, Martha Chico, Irene Guadalupe, Nely Broncano, Carlos Sandoval, Fernanda Tupiza, Philip J. Cooper
Laboratorio de Investigaciones, Fundacion Ecuatoriana Para la Investigacion en Salud (FEPIS), Quinindé, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador

Martha Chico, Irene Guadalupe, Nely Broncano, Carlos Sandoval, Philip J. Cooper
Hospital “Padre Alberto Buffoni,” Quinindé, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador

Fernanda Tupiza, Philip J. Cooper
Colegio de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador

Edward Mitre
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Philip J. Cooper
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

P.J.Cooper@liv.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: PJC RSM MC. Performed the experiments: IG NB CS FT. Analyzed the data: RSM AR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: EM. Wrote the paper: RSM PJC. Supervised the experiments: PJC MC.