Volume 85, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A global resurgence of yaws in developing countries highlights the need for reliable diagnostic criteria for this neglected infection. We conducted a clinical and serologic survey of 233 children less than 15 years of age who had clinically suspected yaws. A total of 138 (59%) cases were confirmed serologically, and 10 of 12 primary stage cases showed positive results for by a polymerase chain reaction assay that has not yet been validated for identification of yaws. A high proportion of cases (46%) were in the secondary stage; 92% of them had osteoarticular involvement, and only 24% had a Venereal Disease Research Laboratory titer greater than 1:32.


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  • Received : 31 Jan 2011
  • Accepted : 11 Apr 2011
  • Published online : 01 Jul 2011

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