Schistosomiasis Prevalence and Intensity of Infection in Latin America and the Caribbean Countries, 1942-2014: A Systematic Review in the Context of a Regional Elimination Goal

by Ana Clara Zoni, Laura Catalá, Steven K. Ault
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(3): e0004493 – Published: March 23, 2016

22 pp. 878 kB
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In 2012 the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA65.21 on elimination of schistosomiasis, calling for increased investment in schistosomiasis control and support for countries to initiate elimination programs. There is a need for updating the schistosomiasis status in the historically endemic countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean Countries (LAC) to address the required public health interventions for control and elimination programs or to verify the elimination of transmission of Schistosoma mansoni. Improved reporting and standardization of the monitoring and evaluation methodologies used are recommended, while using available WHO guidelines. Meeting a regional elimination goal will require additional and improved epidemiological data by age group and sex.

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