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In addition to evaluating the potential eradicability of these seven diseases, the ITFDE determined that an opportunity exists to greatly reduce the burden of disease caused by several major helminthic infections (e.g., schistosomiasis, ascariasis, hookworm disease, and trichuriasis) by using mass chemotherapy with appropriate combinations of broad-spectrum anthelminthics that are now available for oral administration in a single dose.
Editorial Note: At its first meeting, the ITFDE agreed on the eradicability of dracunculiasis and poliomyelitis, two diseases whose eradicability had been acknowledged previously by the World Health Organization.
In its first two meetings in April and October 1989, the ITFDE reviewed and modified draft versions of criteria used to evaluate the potential eradicability of eight diseases that are being or have been promoted for eradication by international agencies, national authorities, or others.
The ITFDE will help publicize efforts and funding needs .
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