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Mass Drug Treatment of Tropical Diseases: Is It Really Progress?

Abstract
There are 13 major chronic disabling diseases that are most common among the world’s poorest people, considered neglected tropical diseases that have been targeted by the World Health Organization for elimination or control. Five of the most prevalent of these (lymphatic filariasis, helminthiasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and trachoma) have been treated by preventive chemotherapy given as mass drug treatment once or twice a year to endemic communities in tropical countries (mainly Africa and Asia) with some evidence of benefit. However, in the present era of widespread increasing global antimicrobial resistance directly related to their overuse, this policy may result in short-term gains but long-term pain from fuelling further drug resistance. This chapter reviews the current evidence of mass drug treatment of tropical diseases and potential disadvantages and concerns.

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Type
Book Chapter
Author
Fong I
Year of Publication
2020
Book Title
Current Trends and Concerns in Infectious Diseases
Number of Pages
217-239
Language
eng
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
ISBN Number
9783030369651
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36966-8_9
Publication Language
eng