Remembering the “Forgotten Disease”

A $2 on-the-spot diagnostic test could reinvigorate efforts to fight yaws—a “forgotten disease.”
 
Affecting thousands of the world’s poorest children, the bacterial skin disease causes lesions and ulcers all over the body. Left untreated, its victims become disabled and disfigured.
 
Decades ago, eradication campaigns were “a victim of their own success,” leaving behind lingering cases that researchers are now keen to identify and treat after a new antibiotic treatment was unveiled in 2012.
 
Created by Laud Anthony Basing of Purdue University, the saliva swab test has shown impressive results in small trials, and was a finalist for the WHO Innovation Challenge.
 
The Telegraph

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