Elimination of schistosomiasis: the tools required

by Robert Bergquist, Xiao-Nong Zhou, David Rollinson et al.
Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 2017, 6:158 – Published: 20 November 2017

9 pp. 791 kB

Historically, the target in the schistosomiasis control has shifted from infection to morbidity, then back to infection, but now as a public health problem, before moving on to transmission control. The currently most burning questions are the following: Can schistosomiasis be eliminated? Does it require better, more highly sensitive diagnostics? What is the role of preventive chemotherapy at the elimination stage? Is praziquantel sufficient or do we need new drugs? Contemplating these questions, it is felt that the heterogeneity of the endemic areas in the world requires WHO policies to be upgraded instituting new, differentiated guidelines.

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