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Yaws eradication in the district of Bétou in the north-east of The Congo

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Published on Nov 22, 2012

Courtesy MSF. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) recently carried out a campaign for treating this disease, which turned out to be both a logistical feat and a world first in medical terms.

Yaws is transmitted through direct (person-to-person) non-sexual contact with the fluid from the lesion of an infected person. Most lesions occur on the limbs. The initial lesion of yaws is teemed with the bacteria. Contact with this fluid, especially among children who play together and sustain minor injuries, leads to transmission of infection.

About 75% of people affected are children under 15 years old (peak incidence occurs in children aged 6--10 years).

A single-dose of oral azithromycin can now cure yaws improving prospects for the large-scale treatment of affected populations.

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