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Neglected Tropical Diseases
WHO welcomes the commitment from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to dispatch a mobile laboratory team to Sierra Leone to enhance the laboratory testing capacity for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. The contribution comes in response to WHO’s appeal for further assistance to Ebola response efforts in Africa and requests by the government of Sierra Leone. In addition to laboratory experts, the 59-person team from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control will include epidemiologists, clinicians and nurses. They will support Ebola response efforts at the China-Sierra Leone Friendship Hospital, which was built in 2012 with assistance from the Chinese Government.
by The PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Staff
by Patricia E. Reed, Sabue Mulangu, Kenneth N. Cameron, Alain U
by Aline Alves de Lima Silva, Paulo Ricardo Criado, Ricardo Spina Nunes, Wellington Luiz Ferreira da Silva, Luciane Kanashiro-Galo, Maria Irma Seixas Duarte, Mirian N. Sotto, Carla Pagliari Background Chromoblastomycosis is a chronic fungal infection that affects skin and subcutaneous tissue. Lesions can be classified in tumorous, verrucous, cicatricial and plaque type
by Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Manoel Marques Evangelista de Oliveira, Dayvison Francis Saraiva Freitas, Antônio Carlos Francesconi do Valle, Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira, Maria Clara Gutierrez-Galhardo Background There have been several recent changes in the taxonomy of Sporothrix schenckii as well as new observations regarding the clinical aspects of sporotrichosis. In this study, we determined the identification of the Sporothrix species associated with both classic and unusual clinical aspects of sporotrichosis observed in the endemic area of sporotrichosis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Methodology/Principal Findings To verify whether S.
by Fernando Abad-Franch, Carolina Valença-Barbosa, Otília Sarquis, Marli M. Lima Background Vector-borne diseases are major public health concerns worldwide. For many of them, vector control is still key to primary prevention, with control actions planned and evaluated using vector occurrence records
by Darin S. Evans, Kal Alphonsus, Jon Umaru, Abel Eigege, Emmanuel Miri, Hayward Mafuyai, Carlos Gonzales-Peralta, William Adamani, Elias Pede, Christopher Umbugadu, Yisa Saka, Bridget Okoeguale, Frank O. Richards Background This study was undertaken in five onchocerciasis/lymphatic filariasis (LF) co-endemic local government areas (LGAs) in Plateau and Nasarawa, Nigeria
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by José Angelo Lindoso, Gláucia Fernandes Cota, Alda Maria da Cruz, Hiro Goto, Ana Nilce Silveira Maia-Elkhoury, Gustavo Adolfo Sierra Romero, Márcia Leite de Sousa-Gomes, Joanna Reis Santos-Oliveira, Ana Rabello Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is an endemic zoonotic disease in Latin America caused by Leishmania (Leishmania) infantum, which is transmitted by sand flies from the genus Lutzomyia. VL occurs in 12 countries of Latin America, with 96% of cases reported in Brazil. Recently, an increase in VL, primarily affecting children and young adults, has been observed in urban areas of Latin America
by Asis Khan, Daniel Ajzenberg, Aurélien Mercier, Magalie Demar, Stéphane Simon, Marie Laure Dardé, Qiuling Wang, Shiv Kumar Verma, Benjamin M. Rosenthal, Jitender P.
by T. Eoin West, Nicolle D. Myers, Narisara Chantratita, Wirongrong Chierakul, Direk Limmathurotsakul, Vanaporn Wuthiekanun, Edward A.
by Sasisekhar Bennuru, Sébastien D. S.
by Patrícia Hermes Stoco, Glauber Wagner, Carlos Talavera-Lopez, Alexandra Gerber, Arnaldo Zaha, Claudia Elizabeth Thompson, Daniella Castanheira Bartholomeu, Débora Denardin Lückemeyer, Diana Bahia, Elgion Loreto, Elisa Beatriz Prestes, Fábio Mitsuo Lima, Gabriela Rodrigues-Luiz, Gustavo Adolfo Vallejo, José Franco da Silveira Filho, Sérgio Schenkman, Karina Mariante Monteiro, Kevin Morris Tyler, Luiz Gonzaga Paula de Almeida, Mauro Freitas Ortiz, Miguel Angel Chiurillo, Milene Höehr de Moraes, Oberdan de Lima Cunha, Rondon Mendonça-Neto, Rosane Silva, Santuza Maria Ribeiro Teixeira, Silvane Maria Fonseca Murta, Thais Cristine Marques Sincero, Tiago Antonio de Oliveira Mendes, Turán Peter Urmenyi, Viviane Grazielle Silva, Wanderson Duarte DaRocha, Björn Andersson, Álvaro José Romanha, Mário Steindel, Ana Tereza Ribeiro de Vasconcelos, Edmundo Carlos Grisard Background Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protozoan parasite infecting humans and other wild and domestic mammals across Central and South America. It does not cause human disease, but it can be mistaken for the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi. We have sequenced the T.
by Tatiane Assone, Fernando Vieira de Souza, Karen Oliveira Gaester, Luiz Augusto Marcondes Fonseca, Olinda do Carmo Luiz, Fernanda Malta, João Renato Rebello Pinho, Fernanda de Toledo Gonçalves, Alberto Jose da Silva Duarte, Augusto Cesar Penalva de Oliveira, Jorge Casseb Background The polymorphisms of IL28B have been described as important in the pathogenesis of infections caused by some viruses. The aim of this research was to evaluate whether IL28B gene polymorphisms (SNP rs8099917 and SNP rs12979860) are associated with HAM/TSP.
by André Cronemberger-Andrade, Luciana Aragão-França, Cintia Figueiredo de Araujo, Viviane Junqueira Rocha, Mariana da Cruz Borges-Silva, Cláudio P. Figueiras, Pablo R.