Yaws is a tropical infection of the skin, bones and joints caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pertenue. Health Organizations are working to totally eradicate yaws. This has not occurred, however effort to at least slow the spread of yaws, is been taken. What do you know?

  1. Mass campaigns for eradication of yaws via penicillin treatment in the 1950s and 1960s have dramatically decreased the worldwide incidence of yaws.
  2. If you have come in close contact with someone who has yaws, your doctor may recommend that you receive penicillin or another antibiotic to prevent infection.
  3. No real prevention exists beyond avoiding those who have Yaws.