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January WHO Bulletin

This month’s bulletin features articles about the following: • The Ebola epidemic:   – a turning point for global health   – relects the global health workforce crisis   – vaccine Read More

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Private Financial Backing, Strong Coordination Can Help Eliminate NTDs

The Guardian: Pills, philanthropy, and parasitic worms Ellen Agler, chief executive, and Warren Lancaster, senior vice president of program, both at the End Fund “…The global movement to end NTDs has seen significant momentum in recent years. One of the most promising aspects of this is that new partners have joined the efforts, including private…More

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From Paper to Practice: The Need for an Integrated Approach to Ebola Treatment

Ami Waters | Global Health Core | The nurse greets the patient outside a newly constructed tent at the front of the clinic. She has Read More

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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.


In-vitro Activity of Avermectins against Mycobacterium ulcerans

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


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.


Gastrointestinal Infections and Diarrheal Disease in Ghanaian Infants and Children: An…

by Ralf Krumkamp, Nimako Sarpong, Norbert Georg Schwarz, Julia Adelkofer, Wibke Loag, Daniel Eibach, Ralf Matthias Hagen, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Egbert Tannich, Jürgen May Introduction Diarrheal diseases are among the most frequent causes of morbidity and mortality in children worldwide, especially in resource-poor areas. This case-control study assessed the associations between gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea in children from rural Ghana. Methods Stool samples were collected from 548 children with diarrhea and from 686 without gastrointestinal symptoms visiting a hospital from 2007–2008.


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.


Governments, NGOs Should Work To Implement WHO Public Health Interventions For NTDs

Epoch Times: The Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases César Chelala, international public health consultant “…The NTDs seriously impact economic, social, and health indicators. … They may cost national economies hundreds of millions of dollars that could be avoided with effective prevention campaigns. … The WHO has developed five public health interventions to improve prevention,…More


Prospective Study in a Porcine Model of Sarcoptes scabiei Indicates the Association of Th2 and…

by Kate E. Mounsey, Hugh C. Murray, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Cielo Pasay, Deborah C.


Arsenic Exposure and Outcomes of Antimonial Treatment in Visceral Leishmaniasis Patients in…

by Meghan R. Perry, Vijay K. Prajapati, Joris Menten, Andrea Raab, Joerg Feldmann, Dipankar Chakraborti, Shyam Sundar, Alan H.


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Follow-up of an Asymptomatic Chagas Disease Population of Children after Treatment with…

by Fiorella Bianchi, Zulma Cucunubá, Felipe Guhl, Nadia Lorena González, Hector Freilij, Rubén Santiago Nicholls, Juan David Ramírez, Marleny Montilla, Astrid Carolina Flórez, Fernando Rosas, Victor Saavedra, Nubia Silva Background Chagas disease is an anthropozoonosis caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. Two drugs are currently used for the etiological treatment of the disease: Nifurtimox (Lampit) and Benznidazole. This study presents a quasi-experimental trial (non-control group) of sixty-two patients who were treated for Chagas disease with Nifurtimox (Lampit), and were then followed for 30 months post-treatment


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