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dc.contributor.authorNajera Villagrana, SM
dc.contributor.authorGarcia Naranjo Santisteban, A
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-20T16:50:44Z
dc.date.available2019-08-20T16:50:44Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-24
dc.date.submitted2019-08-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/619458
dc.description.abstractTungiasis is a highly prevalent yet neglected disease of populations affected by extreme poverty. It causes great discomfort and pain, leads to social stigmatization and, when left untreated, can cause serious complications. Although natural repellents have been shown to be effective, too little is being done in terms of systematic prevention and treatment. In addition, self-treatment (usually extraction of fleas with non-sterile sharp instruments) comports high risks of infection, notably with viral hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus. In this article, we report seven severe cases of tungiasis in children living in a refugee camp in Tanzania, all of whom were treated with surgical extraction of the fleas because the topical treatment (dimethicone) was not available. Refugee camps-particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where tungiasis is endemic-should be considered high-risk areas for the condition. Aid organizations should engage in active case searching, and health promotion should be systematically carried out.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.rightsWith thanks to Oxford Medical Case Reports.en_US
dc.titleTungiasis: a highly neglected disease among neglected diseases. Case series from Nduta refugee camp (Tanzania).en_US
dc.identifier.journalOxford Medical Case Reportsen_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-08-20T16:50:45Z


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