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Leprosy: Why does it persist among us?

Santos, Victor, De Souza, Carlos D F, Martins-Filho, Paulo R S and Cuevas, Luis ORCID: (2020) 'Leprosy: Why does it persist among us?'. Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, Vol 18, Issue 7, pp. 613-615.

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Despite a substantial reduction in its global prevalence since 1990s, leprosy transmission continues unabated and remains a significant public health problem. The causes for its persistence are multi-factorial, ranging from the lack of implementation of contact tracing, the skill-dependent diagnostic method with over reliance on clinical recognition; to its strong linkages to social inequality and inequity. Leprosy control and elimination is still an enormous challenge for governments and scientists and the answer for this complex problem needs to be multifaceted, which includes higher research investments to identify risk areas, novel and better diagnostics and therapeutic tools and a reduction of social inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Editorial
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 105 Epidemiology
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Infection. Bacterial Infections > Other Bacterial Infections. Zoonotic Bacterial Infections > WC 335 Leprosy
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Christine Bradbury
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 11:40
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 01:02


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