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Schistosomiasis and the Global Goals

To the Editor: Deol et al. (Dec. 26 issue)1 report that there has been progress toward the 2020 and 2025 global goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) for control of schistosomiasis. China is affected by Schistosoma japonicum more than other countries, and its contributions to global elimination programs should not be overlooked. First, the sharp decrease in the number of schistosomiasis cases in China has contributed greatly to the decline in the global burden. Second, Chinese national programs for schistosomiasis control have proved that a praziquantel-based strategy is unlikely to interrupt transmission,2 and the success of our integrated strategy . . .

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