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Oral Antibiotic Raises Hopes of Eradicating Yaws

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Science  11 Apr 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6180, pp. 142
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6180.142

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Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now, they are ready to try again, buoyed by recent data showing that a single dose of an oral antibiotic can cure the disease. But disease eradication is tough, and experts warn it will cost more and take longer than the planners imagine.

  • * John Maurice is a science writer and editor in France.