A Lancet Global Health epidemiological review found that approximately 65,000 cases per year of yaws occurred in 13 endemic countries between 1990 and 2014. Almost 85% of all infections occurred in Ghana, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
The disease causes highly infectious skin lesions and in advanced stages can lead to severe disfigurement and disability.
Researchers sought to estimate the at-risk population and to assess the geographic scope of the disease, targeted by WHO for eradication by 2020 through mass antibiotic treatment.
The study reports that weaknesses in several countries’ surveillance systems present major obstacles to assessing regional treatment and control needs.
Lancet Global Health