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Frambesia

Frambesia is an infectious disease occurring in the warm humid tropics. Also known as Yaws, Frambesia is caused by spirochete bacteria. It manifests with characteristic bumps on the skin of the face, hands, feet and genital area. Later it may lead to bone and joint inflammation and destroy cartilage in the nose and palate. The disease also spreads through contact with infected skin and insect bites.


Almost all cases of yaws are in children under 15 years of age. This bacteria enters through scraped or cuts in skin. Yaws appears as bumps on the skin which might be pus-filled. They begin with a mother yaw and later spread into daughter yaws. Kids are more likely to catch this infection. Tests for frambesia include blood serum test. Antibiotics such as penicillin are used to treat frambesia.

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Collection of Pages - Last revised Date: November 22, 2019