First ancient syphilis genomes decoded
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) An international research team has recovered the first historic genomes from the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis. It was previously not thought possible to recover DNA of this bacterium from ancient samples. In the study, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the researchers were able to distinguish genetically between the subspecies of the disease that cause syphilis and that cause yaws, which are not readily distinguishable in skeletal remains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bedside tests for syphilis and yaws tested in sub-Saharan Africa
(PLOS) In many countries where the bacterial infections syphilis and yaws are found, there is limited access to diagnostic testing. Now, researchers have tested the use of a point-of-care test for both syphilis and yaws, which allows testing in rural areas without development of infrastructure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotics FAIL: Yaws bacteria develops resistance and is making a comeback
(Natural News) Yaws isn’t a superbug yet, but newly-available research indicates it has joined the club of antibiotic-resistant diseases. This development will require the World Health Organization to revise its ongoing eradication strategy, warned a Science Daily article. Endemic to tropical parts of Africa, Asia, and South America, yaws is a bacterial infection that affects... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study identifies how to improve WHO eradication strategy for skin disease
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) An international research collaboration published in The Lancet has found crucial evidence that could help to improve the current World Health Organization (WHO) strategy to eradicate yaws -- a chronic disfiguring and debilitating infectious disease affecting the skin, bones and joints. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New results point out the need to modify the current strategy for yaws eradication
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) An international collaboration led by ISGlobal provides new evidence that will help improve the current WHO strategy to eradicate yaws. It concludes that eradication will require more than a single round of mass drug treatment in order to capture those absent during the first round; that a bigger geographical area needs to be targeted in order to prevent imported cases; and that drug resistance monitoring is needed to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant strains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Single Dose of Azithromycin Effective for Latent Yaws Single Dose of Azithromycin Effective for Latent Yaws
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - November 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

WHO moves closer to eliminating yaws disease
Victory against infection would be first such eradication since smallpox (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

WHO steps closer to eliminating tropical disease
Victory against yaws infection would be first such eradication since smallpox (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Boost for WHO in battle to eliminate tropical bug
Victory against neglected disease yaws would be first such eradication since smallpox (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Papua New Guinea struggles to eradicate yaws disease
A single tablet has been shown to treat yaws cheaply and effectively but drugs and funding are in short supply (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated from India – UN health agency
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the elimination of yaws, and maternal and neonatal tetanus, to India and hailed its public health achievements as examples to other countries. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated from India – UN health agency
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the elimination of yaws, and maternal and neonatal tetanus, to India and hailed its public health achievements as examples to other countries. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

FEATURE: Eradication of Yaws, disease that ‘ begins where roads end, ’ is within sight, says WHO doctor in new film
When Dr. Oriol Mitj à , a Spanish technical adviser for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea, he expected to stay only a month. But after meeting hundreds of children covered in debilitating lesions, he stayed on, found a cure for their ailment, and spurred an international campaign that, if successful, will lead to the eradication of only the second disease in history. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

FEATURE: Eradication of Yaws, disease that ‘begins where roads end,’ is within sight, says WHO doctor in new film
When Dr. Oriol Mitjà, a Spanish technical adviser for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea, he expected to stay only a month. But after meeting hundreds of children covered in debilitating lesions, he stayed on, found a cure for their ailment, and spurred an international campaign that, if successful, will lead to the eradication of only the second disease in history. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

10 facts on yaws eradication
Yaws is a chronic infectious disease that is closely linked to poverty. It is eradicable as humans are the only hosts. A global campaign using benzathine penicillin injection reduced 95% of global cases in the late 1960s. However, abandonment of programmes and weak surveillance led to resurgence in many countries, prompting WHO to re-start control programmes in 2007. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: neglected tropical disease [subject], neglected tropical disease [subject], poverty [subject], tropical disease [subject], tropical disease [subject], Feature [doctype], India [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

Countdown to Zero
Just before the predictable pyrotechnics of a July 4 weekend, something exploded, maybe or maybe not unpredictably. It was a rocket from SpaceX, the current version of a space-dream factory, meant to resupply the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 clears the tower. Vehicle propulsion is still nominal. It is on course and on track. Then it bursts in air. And so it became the third such resupply mission to fail in recent months. Is it more than a failure, but also a metaphor of our times? Ambitions that, even in their smallness, can't be realized? As with so many others of a certain generation, I was caught up in the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Case Western Reserve global health expert urges action to eradicate yaws, tropical disease
(Case Western Reserve University) Half a century ago, a concentrated global effort nearly wiped a disfiguring tropical disease from the face of the earth. Now, says Case Western Reserve's James W. Kazura, M.D., it's time to complete the work. In a perspective column in the Feb.19 New England Journal of Medicine, Kazura responded to a research article that demonstrated positive results from a single oral dose of azithromycin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Diseases Affecting the Poorest Can Be Eliminated, Scientists Say
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -It is a little known disease but it could make medical history if scientists' predictions are correct: yaws could completely disappear by 2020, given the right resources. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - February 20, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Diseases affecting the poorest can be eliminated, scientists say
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is a little known disease but it could make medical history if scientists' predictions are correct: yaws could completely disappear by 2020, given the right resources. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Yaws eradication will need millions of donated antibiotics, says WHO
World Health Organisation says bacterial skin disease requires drug companies to give large supplies of single-dose tabletsThe World Health Organisation has stepped up efforts to eradicate yaws, described as the "forgotten disease", after the discovery of a single-dose oral antibiotic that can cure it.Wiping out the bacterial skin disease that causes weeping ulcers would, however, depend on whether drug companies were prepared to donate millions of tablets, the WHO said.Untreated, the disease progresses to the bones, causing severe disfigurement and disability. It mainly affects under-15s in poor, remote populati...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Pfizer theguardian.com Healthcare industry World news Infectious diseases Pharmaceuticals industry Papua New Guinea Vaccines and immunisation Society Antibiotics Immunology World Health Organisation Vanuatu Global development A Source Type: news

Yaws
Title: YawsCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 1/24/1999 9:48:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/15/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - January 15, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug and a syphilis test offer hope of yaws eradication
A diagnostic test targeting syphilis and an oral antibiotic could be used together to help eradicate yaws disease, a WHO meeting was told. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - April 24, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Republic of Congo: treating Pygmys for Yaws
MSF recently carried out a campaign to treat the disease known as yaws, which turned out to be both a logistical feat and a world first in medical terms. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 13, 2012 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news