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Non-communicable diseases dominate the public health arena in China, yet neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are still widespread and create a substantial burden. We review the geographical distribution, prevalence, and epidemic characteristics of NTDs identifi ed in China caused by helminths, protozoa, bacteria, and viruses. Lymphatic fi lariasis was eliminated in 2007, but schistosomiasis still aff ects up to 5% of local village residents in some endemic counties with around 300 000 people infected. China harbours more than 90% of the world’s burden of alveolar echinococcosis and food-borne zoonoses are emerging. In 2010, the overall prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth infections caused by Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworm was 11·4%, with 6·8% of these infections caused by A. lumbricoides. Corresponding fi gures for food-borne trematodiasis, echinococcosis, and cysticercosis are more than 5%. Dengue, leishmaniasis, leprosy, rabies, and trachoma exist in many areas and should not be overlooked. Transmission of vector-borne diseases can be interrupted; nevertheless, epidemics occur in remote areas, creating a challenge for surveillance and control. Rigorous surveillance, followed by immediate and integrated response packages tailored to specifi c social and ecological systems, is essential for progress towards the elimination of NTDs in China.
About the speaker:
Dr. Xiao-Nong Zhou is Director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai, P.R. China, and Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Malaria, Schistosomiasis and Filariasis. He graduated with a PhD in Biology from Copenhagen University, Denmark. His professional works are across the fields of ecology, population biology, and epidemiology of tropical diseases.