Building Programs to Eradicate Toxoplasmosis Part I: Introduction and Overview

Mariangela Soberón Felín, Kanix Wang, Aliya Moreira, Andrew Grose, Karen Leahy, Ying Zhou, Fatima Alibana Clouser, Maryam Siddiqui, Nicole Leong, Perpetua Goodall, Morgan Michalowski, Mahmoud Ismail, Monica Christmas, Stephen Schrantz, Zuleima Caballero, Ximena Norero, Dora Estripeaut, David Ellis, Catalina Raggi, Catherine CastroDavina Moossazadeh, Margarita Ramirez, Abhinav Pandey, Kevin Ashi, Samantha Dovgin, Ashtyn Dixon, Xuan Li, Ian Begeman, Sharon Heichman, Joseph Lykins, Delba Villalobos-Cerrud, Lorena Fabrega, José Luis Sanchez Montalvo, Connie Mendivil, Mario R. Quijada, Silvia Fernández-Pirla, Valli de La Guardia, Digna Wong, Mayrene Ladrón de Guevara, Carlos Flores, Jovanna Borace, Anabel García, Natividad Caballero, Claudia Rengifo-Herrera, Maria Theresa Moreno de Saez, Michael Politis, Kristen Wroblewski, Theodore Karrison, Stephanie Ross, Mimansa Dogra, Vishan Dhamsania, Nicholas Graves, Marci Kirchberg, Kopal Mathur, Ashley Aue, Carlos M. Restrepo, Alejandro Llanes, German Guzman, Arturo Rebellon, Kenneth Boyer, Peter Heydemann, A. Gwendolyn Noble, Charles Swisher, Peter Rabiah, Shawn Withers, Teri Hull, Chunlei Su, Michael Blair, Paul Latkany, Ernest Mui, Daniel Vitor Vasconcelos-Santos, Alcibiades Villareal, Ambar Perez, Carlos Andrés Naranjo Galvis, Mónica Vargas Montes, Nestor Ivan Cardona Perez, Morgan Ramirez, Cy Chittenden, Edward Wang, Laura Lorena Garcia-López, Juliana Muñoz-Ortiz, Nicolás Rivera-Valdivia, María Cristina Bohorquez-Granados, Gabriela Castaño de-la-Torre, Guillermo Padrieu, Juan David Valencia Hernandez, Daniel Celis-Giraldo, Juan Alejandro Acosta Dávila, Elizabeth Torres, Manuela Mejia Oquendo, José Y. Arteaga-Rivera, Dan L. Nicolae, Andrey Rzhetsky, Nancy Roizen, Eileen Stillwaggon, Larry Sawers, Francois Peyron, Martine Wallon, Emanuelle Chapey, Pauline Levigne, Carmen Charter, Migdalia De Frias, Jose Montoya, Cindy Press, Raymund Ramirez, Despina Contopoulos-Ioannidis, Yvonne Maldonado, Oliver Liesenfeld, Carlos Gomez, Kelsey Wheeler, Ellen Holfels, David Frim, David McLone, Richard Penn, William Cohen, Samantha Zehar, James McAuley, Denis Limonne, Sandrine Houze, Sylvie Abraham, Raphael Piarroux, Vera Tesic, Kathleen Beavis, Ana Abeleda, Mari Sautter, Bouchra El Mansouri, Adlaoui El Bachir, Fatima Amarir, Kamal El Bissati, Alejandra de-la-Torre, Gabrielle Britton, Jorge Motta, Eduardo Ortega-Barria, Isabel Luz Romero, Paul Meier, Michael Grigg, Jorge Gómez-Marín, Jagannatha Rao Kosagisharaf, Xavier Sáez Llorens, Osvaldo Reyes, Rima McLeod

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Abstract

Purpose of Review
Review building of programs to eliminate Toxoplasma infections.

Recent Findings
Morbidity and mortality from toxoplasmosis led to programs in USA, Panama, and Colombia to facilitate understanding, treatment, prevention, and regional resources, incorporating student work.

Summary
Studies foundational for building recent, regional approaches/programs are reviewed. Introduction provides an overview/review of programs in Panamá, the United States, and other countries. High prevalence/risk of exposure led to laws mandating testing in gestation, reporting, and development of broad-based teaching materials about Toxoplasma. These were tested for efficacy as learning tools for high-school students, pregnant women, medical students, physicians, scientists, public health officials and general public. Digitized, free, smart phone application effectively taught pregnant women about toxoplasmosis prevention. Perinatal infection care programs, identifying true regional risk factors, and point-of-care gestational screening facilitate prevention and care. When implemented fully across all demographics, such programs present opportunities to save lives, sight, and cognition with considerable spillover benefits for individuals and societies.
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JournalCurrent Pediatrics Reports
Issue number2022
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 22 2022

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