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Yaws: Introduction

Yaws: A rare infections disease caused by the spiral-shaped bacteria Treponema pertenue. The disease consists of three phases: skin lesions are followed by bone, joint and widespread skin symptoms and finally by inflammation and destruction of cartilage in the nose, pharynx and palate. Transmission can be through direct contact with infected skin, insect bites or sex. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Yaws is available below.

Symptoms of Yaws

  • Stage 1: single yaw:
    • Skin lesion at infection site
    • Raspberry-like itch skin eruption - the "mother yaw"
  • Stage 2: multiple yaws:
    • Multiple skin lesions
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Yaws

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Causes of Yaws

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Prevention of Yaws

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Definitions of Yaws:

An endemic, infectious, nonvenereal disease in humans that presents mainly in children younger than 15 years. The disease occurs primarily in warm, humid, tropical areas of Africa, Asia, South America, and Oceania, among poor rural populations where conditions of overcrowding and poor sanitation prevail. Infection with Treponema pertenue, a subspecies of Treponema pallidum, causes the disease. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Yaws is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Yaws, or a subtype of Yaws, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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