A diagnostic test developed for syphilis in combination with an oral antibiotics, azithromycin, offer a new opportunity for the eradication of yaws. Syphilis and yaws are the result of an infection by different subspecies of Treponema pallidum and could be detected using the same blood tests. The World Health Organization hopes that a rapid syphilis test that can be used in the field, far away from the lab, and oral antibiotics could help the WHO meet its 2020 yaws eradication goal.
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Do you work in a country where yaws is present? What tools are currently being used to diagnose yaws? Are a rapid test and an oral drug enough to fuel eradication efforts and meet the 2020 deadline? What else is needed?