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[Correspondence] An achievable goal: control and elimination of schistosomiasis

We were saddened to read the negative view of Allen Ross and colleagues (May 30, p 2220)1 about worldwide elimination of schistosomiasis. The authors judge that efforts to eliminate schistosomiasis from Africa are “audacious” and “will not work”. They suggest that funding should not be spent on distribution of praziquantel because this approach is “inherently flawed” because it “does not prevent reinfection” and might cause side-effects.2 They ignore the fact that praziquantel has been used for more than 30 years to treat hundreds of millions of people with little or no side-effects.