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 ;


Health Leaders Should Take ‘Meaningful Action’ On TB At Moscow Meeting

Moscow Times: Ending Tuberculosis Starts in Moscow José Luis Castro, executive director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “A meeting of the world’s health ministers in Moscow this week could prove to be a…More

Detection of Plasmodium falciparum male and female gametocytes and determination of parasite…

The presence of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in peripheral blood is essential for human to mosquito parasite transmission.

Monitoring of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) coverage versus utilization: a…

Despite the known effectiveness of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in providing protection against malaria, high level of ownership and use are very difficult to achieve and maintain.

Detection of relapsing fever <i>Borrelia</i> spp., <i>Bartonella</i>…

by Ismail Lafri, Basma El Hamzaoui, Idir Bitam, Hamza Leulmi, Reda Lalout, Oleg Mediannikov, Mohamed Chergui, Mohamed Karakellah, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola Background Argasid ticks (soft ticks) are blood-feeding arthropods that can parasitize rodents, birds, humans, livestock and companion animals. Ticks of the Ornithodoros genus are known to be vectors of relapsing fever borreliosis in humans. In Algeria, little is known about relapsing fever borreliosis and other bacterial pathogens transmitted by argasid ticks

Conservation of a microRNA cluster in parasitic nematodes and profiling of miRNAs in…

by Henry Y. Gu, Neil D.

Drivers of house invasion by sylvatic Chagas disease vectors in the Amazon-Cerrado transition:…

by Raíssa N. Brito, David E. Gorla, Liléia Diotaiuti, Anália C

Zika virus: An updated review of competent or naturally infected mosquitoes

by Yanouk Epelboin, Stanislas Talaga, Loïc Epelboin, Isabelle Dusfour Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) that recently caused outbreaks in the Americas. Over the past 60 years, this virus has been observed circulating among African, Asian, and Pacific Island populations, but little attention has been paid by the scientific community until the discovery that large-scale urban ZIKV outbreaks were associated with neurological complications such as microcephaly and several other neurological malformations in fetuses and newborns.

Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent: A threat to the South-East Asia…

by Eduard E. Zijlstra, Fabiana Alves, Suman Rijal, Byron Arana, Jorge Alvar Background The South-East Asia Region Kala-azar Elimination Programme (KAEP) is expected to enter the consolidation phase in 2017, which focuses on case detection, vector control, and identifying potential sources of infection. Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) is thought to play a role in the recurrence of visceral leishmaniasis (VL)/kala-azar outbreaks, and control of PKDL is among the priorities of the KAEP.

US Gulf Coast states: The rise of neglected tropical diseases in "flyover nation"

by Peter J. Hotez, Sheila Jackson Lee

An interview with Raya

An interview with Raya hrandall Thu, 11/16/2017 – 12:49 Nov 16, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD Our team has made so many good friends this year at Sesame Workshop India, both of the human and Muppet variety. We celebrated World Water Day with Chamki and Googly, and now we’re gearing up for World Toilet Day with Raya, who is just as passionate as we are about keeping germs at bay.   We sat down to thank her for contributing a Toilet Talk for our campaign to raise awareness about diarrhea prevention and treatment ahead of World Toilet Day and to share with advocates our new state of the field report. And of course, we continued to talk toilets!   Hope: Good to meet you, Raya

New Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands To Prioritize Organization’s Accountability,…

Associated Press: New chief of Global Fund says accountability is ‘imperative’ “The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how its billions of dollars are spent to fight the three killer diseases. … In an…More

NIH Defends Choice Of Exclusive Zika Vaccine License Recipient Amid Conflict-Of-Interest…

CQ HealthBeat: NIH Pushes Back on Zika Vaccine Conflict Allegation “The government’s premier medical research agency is refuting allegations that its choice to help bring a Zika vaccine to market was a conflict of interest. … In October, [NIH] announced that it was planning to grant an exclusive license to California-based PaxVax, Inc., a small…More

WHO Global Malaria Program Chief Pedro Alonso Discusses Challenges, Progress In Devex Interview

Devex: Q&A: Pedro Alonso, director of WHO’s Global Malaria Program “…Ahead of the release of the World Malaria Report 2017, Devex caught up with [Pedro Alonso, head of the WHO Global Malaria Program since October 2014,] to discuss how the program is tackling its most pressing challenges and to unveil progress in crucial initiatives such…More

Threat Of Influenza Outbreak Remains 100 Years After 1918 Pandemic, Experts Warn

Global Health NOW: A Century After 1918, Flu Pandemic Preparedness Still Lacking “…Despite a century’s worth of lifesaving scientific and medical advances to head off a similar tragedy, [experts] warn that an influenza pandemic could still trigger waves of mass death. … With the centennial of the 1918 flu pandemic on the horizon, Smithsonian magazine…More

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