Epidemiology of Schistosomiasis in the People’s Republic of China, 2004

National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
Emerging Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 6.75). 11/2007; 13(10):1470-6. DOI: 10.3201/eid1310.061423
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Results from the third nationwide cluster sampling survey on the epidemiology of schistosomiasis in the People's Republic of China, conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2004, are presented. A stratified cluster random sampling technique was used, and 239 villages were selected in 7 provinces where Schistosoma japonicum remains endemic. A total of 250,987 residents 6-65 years of age were included in the survey. Estimated prevalence rates in the provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Anhui, Yunnan, Sichuan, and Jiangsu were 4.2%, 3.8%, 3.1%, 2.2%, 1.7%, 0.9%, and 0.3%, respectively. The highest prevalence rates were in the lake and marshland region (3.8%) and the lowest rates were in the plain region with waterway networks (0.06%). Extrapolation to all residents in schistosome-endemic areas indicated 726,112 infections. This indicates a reduction of 16.1% compared with a nationwide survey conducted in 1995. However, human infection rates increased by 3.9% in settings where transmission is ongoing.

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    • "China still faces serious challenges, and accurate diagnosis is crucial for the effective control and surveillance of the disease. According to the latest national epidemiological sampling survey, the average prevalence was 5.1% in the areas where control of schistosomiasis transmission had not yet been achieved, and in all surveyed endemic areas the average prevalence was 2.5% [45]. To achieve the ultimate goal of elimination, a national program was established with the aim of decreasing the prevalence of schistosome infection in all endemic counties below 5% in 2008 and 1% in 2015 [46,47]. "
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    • "The Kato-Katz technique was used to detect S. japonicum infection in this study. Currently, the Kato-Katz technique (three slides for a single stool specimen) is still the gold standard used for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis [6]. It has been shown that the routine Kato-Katz technique underestimates the real prevalence of S. japonicum in endemic areas with low-intensity infections [27]. "
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