Infectious Disease


Republican health plan seen as a major setback for hepatitis C Medicaid patients

Amid a growing hepatitis C epidemic, federal austerity measures seen as a setback to infection control.  By Sony Salzman It’s been nearly 20 years since Read More

Meet the amazing cast behind a life-changing drug

It was well after midnight in San Francisco when Eugenio (“Geno”) de Hostos picked up the phone—but when his colleagues in China answered, he felt the familiar jolt of excitement. He’d felt the same thrill at dawn, talking to his colleagues in Switzerland. At five, in a call to Maryland with the US Food and […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRCThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisPATH is at SXSW ;

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Lessons from the front lines

In the midst of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a 21-year-old Guinean student came to a Dakar health clinic with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. The doctor considered Ebola, which had killed more than 1,000 people in neighboring Guinea. But the patient wasn’t bleeding. He denied having been in contact with Ebola patients […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOur 8 favorite photos of 2016 ;


Clinico-pathological features of erythema nodosum leprosum: A case-control study at ALERT…

by Edessa Negera, Stephen L. Walker, Selfu Girma, Shimelis N. Doni, Degafe Tsegaye, Saba M.

World Politics Review Examines New PEPFAR Strategy, Trump Administration’s Commitment To…

World Politics Review: The Mismatch Between the Rhetoric and Reality of Tillerson’s New PEPFAR Strategy “…[W]hile PEPFAR may be off the chopping block, the Trump administration’s new strategy seems to perpetuate trends that have activists worried about the long-term fight against HIV/AIDS. … First, for all its talk of U.S. commitment to PEPFAR, the administration…More

U.N. Announces First-Ever Roadmap To Prevent Zoonotic TB, Lessen Impacts On Rural Communities…

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and partners launch plan to stop transmission of bovine tuberculosis to humans “Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB…” (10/12). VOA News: WHO…More

Field assessment of a novel spatial repellent for malaria control: a feasibility and…

Large-scale use of insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying have contributed to a significant decrease in malaria transmission worldwide.

Malaria prevalence, prevention and treatment seeking practices among nomadic pastoralists in…

Malaria transmission in Senegal is highly stratified, from low in the dry north to moderately high in the moist south.

Modelling the implications of stopping vector control for malaria control and elimination

Increasing coverage of malaria vector control interventions globally has led to significant reductions in disease burden.

Human cellular and humoral immune responses to <i>Phlebotomus papatasi</i> salivary…

by Wafa Kammoun-Rebai, Narges Bahi-Jaber, Ikbel Naouar, Amine Toumi, Afif Ben Salah, Hechmi Louzir, Amel Meddeb-Garnaoui Background Sand fly saliva compounds are able to elicit specific immune responses that have a significant role in Leishmania parasite establishment and disease outcome. Characterizing anti-saliva immune responses in individuals living in well defined leishmaniasis endemic areas would provide valuable insights regarding their effect on parasite transmission and establishment in humans. Methodology/Principal findings We explored the cellular and humoral immune responses to Phlebotomus (P.) papatasi salivary gland extracts (SGE) in individuals living in cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) old or emerging foci (OF, EF).

Towards elimination of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent—Translating research…

by Siddhivinayak Hirve, Axel Kroeger, Greg Matlashewski, Dinesh Mondal, Megha Raj Banjara, Pradeep Das, Ahmed Be-Nazir, Byron Arana, Piero Olliaro Background The decade following the Regional Strategic Framework for Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) elimination in 2005 has shown compelling progress in the reduction of VL burden in the Indian subcontinent. The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other stakeholders, has coordinated and financed research for the development of new innovative tools and strategies to support the regional VL elimination initiative. This paper describes the process of the TDR’s engagement and contribution to this initiative

Study Examines Africa’s Susceptibility To Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreaks; West Africa Presents…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: After Ebola, West Africa must brace for more deadly fevers: study “West Africa is most at risk of fatal hemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses — Ebola, Lassa, Marburg,…More

Experimental Ebola Vaccines Provide Year-Long Antibody Responses In Liberia Trial

CIDRAP News: Liberia trial finds Ebola vaccines yield year-long immune response “A trial at the end of Liberia’s Ebola outbreak of two candidate vaccines that were furthest along in development at the time showed both posed no major safety concerns and triggered immune responses that lasted at least a year, researchers from a U.S.-Liberian clinical…More

Venezuela’s Failing Economy Contributing To Increase In Malaria Cases

The Economist: Why malaria is spreading in Venezuela “…In 2015 the country had 30 percent of all the cases of malaria reported in the Americas — more than Brazil, which has over six times as many people. According to the Venezuelan government 240,000 cases of the disease were reported in 2016, a rise of 76…More

Disagreements Over Severity Of Drug-Resistant Malaria In Southeast Asia Could Hamper Efforts To…

Science: Drug-resistant malaria is spreading, but experts clash over its global risk “In what scientists call a ‘sinister development,’ a malaria parasite resistant to a widely used drug combination is on the march in Southeast Asia. … The critics don’t question the group’s genetic studies of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, but they dispute the…More

U.N. Expert Discusses Health Security Pandemic Preparedness, Response At WIRED Security…

WIRED: Health security is a crisis. And you can’t negotiate with a disease “…Dr. Alaa Murabit wants the world to get ready for the inevitable [next disease outbreak]. … According to data from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Britons are more concerned about the spread of infectious disease than they are about war. ‘We…More

Using Data On Where Patients Receive Care Can Help Find Missing Cases Of TB

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Can bringing TB services to patients find cases? Reporting from the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Mexico, Christine Lubinski, executive director of the Center for Global Health Policy and vice president for global health at the Infectious Diseases Society of America, discusses highlights from the WHO…More

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