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Findings from National Institute for Parasitic Diseases Yields New Data on Schistosomiasis

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- Current study results on Parasitic Diseases have been published. According to news reporting from Shanghai, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "We compared changes in the spatial clustering of schistosomiasis in Southwest China at the conclusion of and six years following the end of the World Bank Loan Project (WBLP), the control strategy of which was focused on the large-scale use of chemotherapy. Parasitological data were obtained through standardized surveys conducted in 1999-2001 and again in 2007-2008."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from National Institute for Parasitic Diseases, "Two alternate spatial cluster methods were used to identify spatial clusters of cases: Anselin's Local Moran's I test and Kulldorff's spatial scan statistic. Substantial reductions in the burden of schistosomiasis were found after the end of the WBLP, but the spatial extent of schistosomiasis was not reduced across the study area. Spatial clusters continued to occur in three regions: Chengdu Plain, Yangtze River Valley, and Lancang River Valley during the two periods, and regularly involved five counties. These findings suggest that despite impressive reductions in burden, the hilly and mountainous regions of Southwest China remain at risk of schistosome re-emergence."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Our results help to highlight specific locations where integrated control programs can focus to speed the elimination of schistosomiasis in China."

For more information on this research see: Changing Patterns of Spatial Clustering of Schistosomiasis in Southwest China between 1999-2001 and 2007-2008: Assessing Progress toward Eradication after the World Bank Loan Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2014;11(1):701-712. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health can be contacted at: Mdpi Ag, Postfach, Ch-4005 Basel, Switzerland.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y. Hu, Chinese Center Dis Control & Prevent, Natl Inst Parasit Dis, Shanghai 200025, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include C.L. Xiong, Z.J. Zhang, C. Luo, T. Cohen, J. Gao, L.J. Zhang and Q.W. Jiang.

Keywords for this news article include: Shanghai, Schistosomiasis, Parasitic Diseases, People's Republic of China

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