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Yaws

   An infectious nonvenereal disease caused by a spirochete, Treponema pertenue. Mainly found in humid, equatorial regions. Symptoms include febrile disturbances, rheumatism, eruption of tubercles with a caseous crust on hands, feet, face and external genitals. Yaws is also known as: bouba, frambesia, tropica, parangi.

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Disease
Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the rubella (German measles) virus.

Spirochete
Spiral-shaped bacteria.

Febrile
Caused by fever. Feverish.

Rheumatism
A general disease characterized by painful, often multiple, local inflammations, usually affecting the joints and muscles, but also extending sometimes to the deeper organs, as the heart.

Eruption
Process of teeth protruding through the gums

Caseous
Having a consistency like that of cottage cheese.

Feet
The plural of foot, both an anatomic structure and a unit of measure. As an anatomic structure, the foot is the end of the leg on which a person normally stands and walks. The foot is a particularly complex structure made up of dozens of bones that work together with muscles and tendons to execute precise movements. The bones of the foot include the 10 metatarsal bones and the 28 phalanges (toe bones).

Face
The anterior portion of the head that includes the skin, muscles, and structures of the forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and jaw.

Genitals
External sex organs: the penis and testicles in a male and the labia in a female.

Yaws
An infectious nonvenereal disease caused by a spirochete, Treponema pertenue. Mainly found in humid, equatorial regions. Symptoms include febrile disturbances, rheumatism, eruption of tubercles with a caseous crust on hands, feet, face and external genitals. Yaws is also known as: bouba, frambesia, tropica, parangi.

Frambesia
Also known as yaws, frambesia is a common chronic infectious disease that occurs mainly in the warm humid regions of the tropics with characteristic bumps on the skin of the face, hands, feet and genital area. Almost all cases of yaws are in children under 15 years of age.



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