Yaws

Common Name(s)

Yaws

Yaws is a tropical disease caused by a form of bacteria known as treponemes that affects the skin, bone, and cartilage. This disease mainly affects children under the age of 15, and is found primarily in poor communities in warm, humid, and tropical forest areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. Yaws is transmitted from person to person through direct non-sexual contact with the fluids from the lesion of an infected person. Signs and symptoms include an early infectious stage and a late non-infectious stage. During the early infectious stage, an initial clear, circular swelling of the skin will develop at the site of entry. Other signs in the early stage are thinkening and darkening of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Bone pain and bone lesions may also appear in the early stage. Late Yaws symptoms appear five years after the initial infection and include disfigurement of the nose and bones and thickening of the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet. Humans are the only reservoir of Yaws.

Source: Advocacy organizations associated with the condition.

 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Yaws" for support, advocacy or research.

There are currently no organizations listed in Disease InfoSearch that support this condition. Create a listing.

 

 

General Support Organizations

Not finding the support you need? Show General Support Organizations

 
 
Top

How do you compare to others with this condition?

Privately answer questions about your health. Let resources, you select, come to you.

Anonymously share and see how your answers compare with others with this condition while privately providing key pieces of information to medical researchers, disease advocacy groups, and others ONLY YOU select to help speed up cures and better alternatives.

 
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Yaws" for support, advocacy or research.

There are currently no organizations listed in Disease InfoSearch that support this condition. Create a listing.

 

 

General Support Organizations

Not finding the support you need? Show General Support Organizations

 
 
 
 
Top

Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Yaws" returned 51 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Treponemal infection in nonhuman primates as possible reservoir for human yaws.
 

Author(s): Sascha Knauf, Hsi Liu, Kristin N Harper

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2013 Dec;19(12):2058-60.

 

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2013

Go To URL
Whole genome sequence of the Treponema Fribourg-Blanc: unspecified simian isolate is highly similar to the yaws subspecies.
 

Author(s): Marie Zobaníková, Michal Strouhal, Lenka Mikalová, Darina Cejková, Lenka Ambrožová, Petra Pospíšilová, Lucinda L Fulton, Lei Chen, Erica Sodergren, George M Weinstock, David Smajs

Journal:

 

Unclassified simian strain Treponema Fribourg-Blanc was isolated in 1966 from baboons (Papio cynocephalus) in West Africa. This strain was morphologically indistinguishable from T. pallidum ssp. pallidum or ssp. pertenue strains, and it was shown to cause human infections.

Last Updated: 2 May 2013

Go To URL
Serologic cross-reactivity of syphilis, yaws, and pinta.
 

Author(s): Pascal J de Caprariis, Phyllis Della-Latta

Journal: Am Fam Physician. 2013 Jan;87(2):80.

 

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2013

Go To URL

Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Yaws" returned 4 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Advances in the diagnosis of endemic treponematoses: yaws, bejel, and pinta.
 

Author(s): Oriol Mitjà, David Šmajs, Quique Bassat

Journal:

 

Improved understanding of the differential diagnosis of endemic treponematoses is needed to inform clinical practice and to ensure the best outcome for a new global initiative for the eradication of yaws, bejel, and pinta. Traditionally, the human treponematoses have been differentiated ...

Last Updated: 8 Nov 2013

Go To URL
Yaws eradication: facing old problems, raising new hopes.
 

Author(s): Andrea Rinaldi

Journal: PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012 ;6(11):e1837.

 

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012

Go To URL
New treatment schemes for yaws: the path toward eradication.
 

Author(s): Oriol Mitjà, Russell Hays, Andrea C Rinaldi, Robyn McDermott, Robyn McDermot, Quique Bassat

Journal: Clin. Infect. Dis.. 2012 Aug;55(3):406-12.

 

Last Updated: 12 Jul 2012

Go To URL
 
 
Top

Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

There are currently no related results available in Genetics Home Reference.

There are currently no related results available in GeneReviews.

There are currently no related results available in Genetic Testing Registry.

 
 
Top

Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Dual Point-of-care Test for the Diagnosis of Yaws
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Yaws

 

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2013

Go to URL
Functioning Disturbance in Chronic Back Pain: Altered Muscle Metabolism
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Non-specific Low Back Pian

 

Last Updated: 7 May 2012

Go to URL