Monday, 2 December 2013

Schistosomiasis control program proves highly effective at Poyang Lake

Researchers from Shanghai have shown that a Schistosomiasis control program has been highly effective in almost eliminating the infection from the Poyang Lake region of China.
Researchers from the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai assessed the impact of a comprehensive schistosomiasis control program started in 2003. In 2003, the prevalence of Schistosoma japonicum infection ranged from 6.5% to 11.3% in the program sites. In 2006, the control program reduced schistosomiasis infection to levels of 0.6% to 1.6%. The US$10,000 cost of the program reduced prevalence of schistosomiasis nine-fold. And was deemed to be highly cost-effective.
“This work clearly shows the improvements in both cost and disease prevention effectiveness that a comprehensive control program-approach has on schistosomiasis infection prevalence.”
Full study: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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