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NEW THIS WEDNESDAY: 17 ITEMS ON DISEASE ELIMINATION

Tuesday, 2nd of July 2013 Print

Dear All,

Last months posting of items on disease eradication brought to mind the related topic of disease elimination. Whereas eradication refers to clearing the world of a disease (smallpox or polio, for example), elimination can refer either to clearing a disease from a delimited geographical area (for example, onchocerciasis elimination from the western hemisphere) or global reduction, below a specified threshold, of a disease like neonatal tetanus which, for biological reasons, is not eradicable.

The table below lists the most consulted items on disease elimination, and the number of page views. I have dropped from it items on eradicable diseases (measles, for example). Whats left is a list of diseases not yet targeted for global eradication. Where do the following diseases fit, from the standpoint of biological eradicability and social priority setting?

  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human helminthiases
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Onchocerciasis
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tetanus
  • Trachoma
  • Tuberculosis

Some of these diseases  are ineradicable. Some are, perhaps, ripe for moving from the elimination to the eradication column. Although vaccine preventable, hep B and cholera both have a carrier state which means that, in a best case scenario, they will be with us for many decades to come. One disease, TB, cannot be considered for elimination until better technologies are available for its control.

Good reading.

Bob Davis

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ARTICLE TITLE

No of Hits

ONCHOCERCIASIS CONTROL AND ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=399

651

TROPICAL DISEASES TARGETED FOR ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=388

592

SCHISTOSOMIASIS ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=516

573

FROM THE PAHO HOMEPAGE: USE OF ORAL VACCINE CAN COMPLEMENT CHOLERA ELIMINATION EFFORTS, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1404

502

THE ROLE OF RESEARCH IN VIRAL DISEASE ERADICATION AND ELIMINATION PROGRAMS: LESSONS FOR MALARIA ERADICATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=573

432

CSU 50/2010: ELIMINATION OF NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION/ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE AND THE ANTIVACCINATION MOVEMENT, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=123

426

UPDATE ON ONCHO ELIMINATION IN THE AMERICAS, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=818

332

UPDATE ON MASS DRUG ADMINISTRATION IN SUPPORT OF GLOBAL LF ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=817

235

PROOF OF PRINCIPLE OF ONCHOCERCIASIS ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1592

232

ELIMINATION OF BLINDING TRACHOMA BY 2020, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1135

168

A RESEARCH AGENDA FOR THE CONTROL AND ELIMINATION OF HUMAN HELMINTHIASES, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1430

161

ONCHOCERCIASIS ELIMINATION IN ENDEMIC FOCI, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1543

109

INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE NEONATAL MORTALITY FROM NEONATAL TETANUS IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES  A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1890

    104

PROSPECTS FOR TUBERCULOSIS ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1658

93

WHATS NEW THIS FRIDAY: TIME SERIES ANALYSIS OF ONCHO DATA FROM MEXICO: TREND TOWARDS ELIMINATION, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1727

78

TOWARD ELIMINATION AND ERADICATION OF HEPATITIS B, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1917

78

WHATS NEW THIS TUESDAY: INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE NEONATAL MORTALITY FROM NEONATAL TETANUS, http://www.childsurvival.net/?content=com_articles&artid=1879

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