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Yes! Yaws disease set to be eradicated from India!


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August 7, 2011 / By Syed Akbar, DC, Hyderabad.

Picture courtesy: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Picture courtesy: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

India is close to eradicating yet another disease. On September 19, the country completes the mandatory five-year waiting period for yaws, a skin disease that mostly affects tribal populations, to be declared as eradicated. If everything goes well, yaws will be the third disease to be eradicated in independent India.
India is close to eradicating yet another disease. On September 19, the country completes the mandatory five-year waiting period for yaws, a skin disease that mostly affects tribal populations, to be declared as eradicated. If everything goes well, yaws will be the third disease to be eradicated in independent India.
India has successfully eradicated two major diseases — smallpox and guinea worm (dracunculiasis). With the success of yaws, health authorities are now encouraged to list another disease — lymphatic filariasis — for elimination by 2015, five years before the deadline of 2020 set by the World Health Organisation.
For a disease to be certified by the WHO as “eradicated”, a country first needs to “eliminate” the disease. Yaws was declared eliminated on September 19, 2006 after there was not a single clinical case for three years since 2003. After a disease is eliminated in a particular country, there should not be any clinical or latent cases for a full five years to earn the disease eradication certificate by the WHO.
In the case of yaws, there have been no cases in any part of the country since 2003. And after September 19, 2006 there were no cases of even latent yaws. The mandatory five-year term concludes on September 18 and if there are no fresh cases, India will be eligible to approach the WHO for the yaws eradication certificate.


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