Asian schistosomiasis : current status and prospects for control leading to elimination
JournalItem (Reviews, Editorials, Rezensionen, Urteilsanmerkungen etc. in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4499878
Author(s) Gordon, C. A.; Kurscheid, J.; Williams, G. M.; Li, Y.; Zhou, X. N.; Utzinger, J.; McManus, D. P.; Gray, D. J.
Author(s) at UniBasel Utzinger, Jürg
Year 2019
Title Asian schistosomiasis : current status and prospects for control leading to elimination
Journal Tropical medicine and infectious disease
Volume 4
Number 1
Pages 40
Abstract Schistosomiasis is an infectious disease caused by helminth parasites of the genus Schistosoma. Worldwide, an estimated 250 million people are infected with these parasites with the majority of cases occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. Within Asia, three species of Schistosoma cause disease. Schistosoma japonicum is the most prevalent, followed by S. mekongi and S. malayensis. All three species are zoonotic, which causes concern for their control, as successful elimination not only requires management of the human definitive host, but also the animal reservoir hosts. With regard to Asian schistosomiasis, most of the published research has focused on S. japonicum with comparatively little attention paid to S. mekongi and even less focus on S. malayensis. In this review, we examine the three Asian schistosomes and their current status in their endemic countries: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Thailand (S. mekongi); Malaysia (S. malayensis); and Indonesia, People's Republic of China, and the Philippines (S. japonicum). Prospects for control that could potentially lead to elimination are highlighted as these can inform researchers and disease control managers in other schistosomiasis-endemic areas, particularly in Africa and the Americas.
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
ISSN/ISBN 2414-6366
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.3390/tropicalmed4010040
PubMed ID
ISI-Number MEDLINE:30813615
Document type (ISI) Journal Article, Review

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