Highly infectious skin disease lurks anew in poor villages in PH

By: Cathy Cañares Yamsuan – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:48 AM January 30, 2020

A tropical skin disease thought to have been eradicated, or at least controlled, by medical experts in the Philippines in the 1970s continues to lurk in the remotest villages in Mindanao, endangering very young children who are most susceptible to communicable ailments.

The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to the highly infectious skin disease as yaws, and the locals call it “bakataw.”

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