Infectious Disease



March WHO Bulletin

In the editorial section, Sulaiman Bah (134) discusses the possibility of dropping door-to-door enumeration in the next South African census. Priya Agrawal (135) points to Read More


CROI 2015: Findings on PEPFAR abstinence and faithfulness results bring no surprise

Categories: CROI 2015SEATTLE, WA – A review of surveys in 22 countries where the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief spent about $1.3 billion to urge populations to abstain from sex until marriage and stay faithful to one partner showed no evidence the messages had any impact on behavior or HIV risks, findings from a study presented […](Read more…)


Having and Fighting Ebola

By Craig Spencer at NEJM Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Patient Having and Fighting Ebola — Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Read More


In-vitro Activity of Avermectins against Mycobacterium ulcerans

by Till F. Omansen, Jessica L. Porter, Paul D

The Effect of Meteorological Variables on the Transmission of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in…

by Junni Wei, Alana Hansen, Qiyong Liu, Yehuan Sun, Phil Weinstein, Peng Bi Increased incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) has been recognized as a critical challenge to communicable disease control and public health response. This study aimed to quantify the association between climate variation and notified cases of HFMD in selected cities of Shanxi Province, and to provide evidence for disease control and prevention. Meteorological variables and HFMD cases data in 4 major cities (Datong, Taiyuan, Changzhi and Yuncheng) of Shanxi province, China, were obtained from the China Meteorology Administration and China CDC respectively over the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013.

Development of a pHrodo-Based Assay for the Assessment of In Vitro and In Vivo…

by Benoit Stijlemans, Jennifer Cnops, Peter Naniima, Axel Vaast, Viki Bockstal, Patrick De Baetselier, Stefan Magez Extracellular trypanosomes can cause a wide range of diseases and pathological complications in a broad range of mammalian hosts. One common feature of trypanosomosis is the occurrence of anemia, caused by an imbalance between erythropoiesis and red blood cell clearance of aging erythrocytes.

Speak out against Proposed Cuts to the USAID’s NTD Program

; The Global Network was disappointed to see the proposed decrease in neglected tropical disease (NTD) funding outlined in the President’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2016.  While the proposal includes $86.5 million for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Neglected Tropical Disease (USAID’s NTD) Program, it is a drop of $13.5 million from […]

Ebola, The Executive Summary: March 5, 2015

To give you an overview of what’s happening in the Ebola outbreak, we’ve organized the latest developments in a curated summary.

Fighting Malaria with Community Case Management (CCM) Scale-Up in Kenya


Arianna Hutcheson has posted the following blog on our course website – Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care Source: Access to health services is particularly difficult for the poor and those in more inaccessible areas of Kenya. This lack of endemic disease treatment for communities has proven to be quite deadly. With more than 11.3 million cases recorded annually, malaria is the leading killer of children under five years of age in Kenya. CCM, supported by organizations such as WHO and UNICEF, allows Kenya to effectively fight Malaria by using evidence-based life saving treatments that increase the availability and quality of proven interventions. Using a CCM strategy has shown to decrease under-five malaria mortality by 60% overall under-five mortality by 40%. In Kenya particularly, the CCM pilot program has generated convincing results as seen in the graphic below

‘People with Disabilities in Sierra Leone Are More Vulnerable to Ebola’

The Disabled International Foundation Sierra Leone (DIF-SIL) works with more than 500 people with disabilities in Sierra Leone. Khadi Mansaray talked to founder and executive director Imambay Kadie Kamara about how the Ebola outbreak has impacted them.

Screening for an ivermectin slow-release formulation suitable for malaria vector control

Background: The prospect of eliminating malaria is challenged by emerging insecticide resistance and vectors with outdoor and/or crepuscular activity.

Comparison of rapid diagnostic test Plasmotec Malaria-3, microscopy, and quantitative real-time…

Background: The World Health Organization recommends malaria be diagnosed by standard microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT) before treatment.

Scabies and Impetigo Prevalence and Risk Factors in Fiji: A National Survey

by Lucia Romani, Josefa Koroivueta, Andrew C. Steer, Mike Kama, John M.

Pyrethroid Treatment of Cattle for Tsetse Control: Reducing Its Impact on Dung Fauna

by Glyn A. Vale, John W.

Why Latrines Are Not Used: Communities’ Perceptions and Practices Regarding Latrines in a…

by Séverine Thys, Kabemba E. Mwape, Pierre Lefèvre, Pierre Dorny, Tanguy Marcotty, Andrew M.

Relationship between Antibody Susceptibility and Lipopolysaccharide O-Antigen Characteristics…

by Robert S. Onsare, Francesca Micoli, Luisa Lanzilao, Renzo Alfini, Chinyere K. Okoro, Anne W.

Proteomics Profiling of Chikungunya-Infected Aedes albopictus C6/36 Cells Reveal Important…

by Regina Ching Hua Lee, Justin Jang Hann Chu Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is the only causative agent of CHIKV fever with persistent arthralgia, and in some cases may lead to neurological complications which can be highly fatal, therefore it poses severe health issues in many parts of the world. CHIKV transmission can be mediated via the Aedes albopictus mosquito; however, very little is currently known about the involvement of mosquito cellular factors during CHIKV-infection within the mosquito cells.

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