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Yaws in Southeast Asia: Towards Elimination

  • Michael Marks
  • Oriol MitjàEmail author
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Part of the Neglected Tropical Diseases book series

Abstract

Yaws is a chronic infectious disease caused by Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue, which causes disease of the skin, bones, and joints. Most cases are seen in young children living in remote communities in warm humid environments. Yaws is endemic in several countries in Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Timor-Lester. Azithromycin is now the first line treatment for yaws and community mass treatment with azithromycin is the central component of the World Health Organization yaws eradication strategy.

Keywords

Yaws Treponema pallidum Elimination Eradication Southeast Asia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Research DepartmentLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  2. 2.Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Hospital ClinicUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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