Infectious Disease


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New IHME Data Visualizations Released w/ 2013 GBD Study

This week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington released a series of incredible new data visualizations. These tools Read More


License to Serve: US Trainees and the Ebola Epidemic

Before medical school, Sara L., now a fourth-year resident, worked for 6 years as a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While Read More

2014 Social Determinants of Health events

2014: Year of the Social Determinants of Health?

As I reflect on the major events of 2014, I’m surprised by the underlying themes of social inequality and a global desire to do things better. Read More


U.N.’s Ban Begins West Africa Visit, Urges Communities To Follow Health Regulations

Associated Press: U.N. chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. … Concern has grown about the situation in neighboring…More

Liberia’s Senate Elections To Be Held Saturday After Repeated Delays Because Of Ebola

New York Times: Liberia Will Proceed With Senate Vote Delayed by Ebola “Senate elections that were repeatedly delayed because of the Ebola epidemic and legal challenges, and further complicated by a presidential ban on large political gatherings in the capital, will finally be held in Liberia on Saturday. Whether they will be fair, peaceful, and…More

News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Vaccine Research

CIDRAP: Data request slows timetable for Ebola vaccine trial (Roos, 12/18). Nature: How do you test an Ebola vaccine? (Callaway, 12/18). Reuters: China approves experimental Ebola vaccine for clinical trials (Jourdan, 12/18). Reuters: GSK Ebola vaccine trial seen moving to wider phase in February (Miles, 12/19).

Many U.S. States Unprepared For Infectious Disease Outbreaks Like Ebola, Report Says

The Hill: Report: U.S. unprepared for disease outbreaks despite billions spent “Major gaps exist in the country’s capacity to handle public health crises like Ebola despite massive government spending over the last decade, according to a new report. Inadequate funding, weak leadership, and uneven standards are all putting Americans at risk for infectious diseases, according…More

A Path Appears: Reviewing Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s New Book

; Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to investigate “how one can do a better job of making a difference, how one can help institute effective change” in their new book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. The husband-and-wife team traveled the world to view different approaches to accelerating progress against poverty. Reporting […]

New IHME Data Visualizations Released w/ 2013 GBD Study

Screenshot 2014-12-19 13.07.43

This week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington released a series of incredible new data visualizations. These tools Read More

11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies Of Ebola; HCWs Demand Better Care When Infected


Associated Press: Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies “One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said…” (Roy-Macaulay/Diallo, 12/18). Reuters: Sierra Leone’s leading doctor dies of Ebola “…His death brings to 12 the number of…More

Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 2: epitope mapping and fine specificity of…

Background: Two long synthetic peptides representing the dimorphic and constant C-terminal domains of the two allelic families of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface proteins 2 are considered promising malaria vaccine candidates.

Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Bartonella bacilliformis in Experimentally Infected Sand Flies…

by Nasikarn Angkasekwinai, Erin H. Atkins, Richard N.

Simple Fecal Flotation Is a Superior Alternative to Guadruple Kato Katz Smear Examination for…

by Tawin Inpankaew, Fabian Schär, Virak Khieu, Sinuon Muth, Anders Dalsgaard, Hanspeter Marti, Rebecca J. Traub, Peter Odermatt Background Microscopy-based identification of eggs in stool offers simple, reliable and economical options for assessing the prevalence and intensity of hookworm infections, and for monitoring the success of helminth control programs. This study was conducted to evaluate and compare the diagnostic parameters of the Kato-Katz (KK) and simple sodium nitrate flotation technique (SNF) in terms of detection and quantification of hookworm eggs, with PCR as an additional reference test in stool, collected as part of a baseline cross-sectional study in Cambodia

Yemen: Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases against All Odds

by Elisa Baring, Peter J. Hotez

Bayesian Risk Mapping and Model-Based Estimation of Schistosoma haematobium–Schistosoma…

by Frédérique Chammartin, Clarisse A. Houngbedji, Eveline Hürlimann, Richard B. Yapi, Kigbafori D

Using a Non-Image-Based Medium-Throughput Assay for Screening Compounds Targeting…

by Daniel Paape, Andrew S. Bell, William P. Heal, Jennie A

High Prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni in Six Health Areas of – Kasansa Health Zone,…

by Sylvie Linsuke, Sabin Nundu, Sylvain Mupoyi, Rodin Mukele, Faustin Mukunda, Madeleine Mbuyi Kabongo, Raquel Inocêncio da Luz, Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden, Marc Van Sprundel, Marleen Boelaert, Katja Polman, Pascal Lutumba School-aged children suffer the most from schistosomiasis infection in sub Saharan Africa due to poverty and limited sanitary conditions. Mapping of disease burden is recommended and there is a need of updating prevalence data which is as old as 20 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An epidemiological and parasitological study was carried out in 2011 in the health zone of Kasansa.

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