Special Issue "Prospects for Schistosomiasis Elimination"
A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Prof. Robert Bergquist
Prof. Dr. Darren Gray
Department of Global Health, Research School of Population Health, ANU College of Health and Medicine, 62 Mills Rd, The Australian National University, Australia
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Interests: global health; tropical health; international health; infectious disease epidemiology; Schistosomiasis; soil-transmitted helminths; clinical trials; medical parasitology
This Special Issue focuses on current efforts to limit the ravages of schistosomiasis with a view to eliminate this helminth, parasitic infection as a public health issue on a world-wide scale. Excellent progress has moved China and several countries in North Africa and the Middle East close to the elimination of schistosomiasis and this provides hope that the reign of the 'God of Plague' is near. The disease has, however, still a strong presence in sub-Saharan Africa with endemic areas stretching from Latin America to Southeast Asia putting more than 800 million people at risk, while the number of those actually infected remains as high as somewhere between 200 and 250 million people, the majority living in low- and middle income countries. Schistosomiasis is one of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) targeted by the World Health Organization for increased control and eventual elimination in the next 10–20 years. Morbidity control has in principle been achieved thanks to large-scale, repeated chemotherapy with praziquantel, but there are still areas with many cases of advanced disease. The next steps involve interruption of transmission through effective control of the intermediate snail host and preventive measures and, for areas endemic for Schistosoma japonicum and S. mekongi, also control of the infection in domestic animals. However, due to the chronic nature of schistosomiasis lasting sequelae (post-transmission schistosomiasis) needing lifelong management, the impact of schistosomiasis may well continue to be felt for a long time after transmission has been curbed. Control methods used include chemotherapy, snail control through mollusciciding and environmental management, health education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions. The current arsenal includes an excellent drug and highly sensitive and specific diagnostic techniques but there is still need for new complementary drugs and vaccine development.
Prof. Robert Bergquist
Assoc. Prof. Darren Gray
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- Neglected tropical diseases
- North Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- South East Asia
- Latin America
- Middle East
- Integrated intervention
- Mathematical modelling
- Snail control
- Vaccine development
- One Health