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Chagas Disease Gains Traction Among Immigrants In U.S.

The Atlantic: Northern Virginia: ‘Ground Zero’ for Kissing Bug Disease “…The number of people with Chagas disease just outside the nation’s capital is small — about two dozen cases, according to interviews with local physicians — but doctors and experts say they wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were higher.…

PLOS Blog Post Discusses MDG 6 Progress

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, examines findings from two “studies that aim to measure the global public health progress on MDG 6,” which aims to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases (7/24).

Experts Urge Inclusion Of NTDs In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Global Health Partners Continue to Urge the Inclusion of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Post-2015 Development Agenda “In a recently released policy brief, partners from the global health community continue to urge all United Nations (U.N.) Member States to ensure that…

Haiti Overcomes Challenges Toward Goal Of Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Haiti National Program for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis — A Model of Success in the Face of Adversity Roland Oscar of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Haiti and colleagues discuss the many challenges faced in achieving success toward eliminating lymphatic filariasis in…

U.S. Reports First Locally Acquired Cases Of Chikungunya; Puerto Rico Declares Epidemic

News outlets report on the first locally acquired case of chikungunya virus reported in the U.S., as Puerto Rico declares the disease epidemic. Associated Press: Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic “Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced…

Global Network For NTDs Releases New Report

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Global Network Releases a New Report on NTD Control and Elimination Dano Gunderson, a policy assistant for the Global Network, notes “the Global Network [on Tuesday] released a new report entitled ‘Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases: Opportunities to Support the Control and…

Guinea Worm Nears Extinction

NPR: Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction “…The world is closer than ever to wiping the [Guinea worm] parasite off the face of the Earth. There were only 17 cases of Guinea worm in the first five months of this year, the Carter Center reported Monday. That’s…

FDA Publishes Guidance For Industry On NTD Drug Development

FDA: Guidance for Industry: Neglected Tropical Diseases of the Developing World: Developing Drugs for Treatment or Prevention “The purpose of this guidance is to assist sponsors in the development of drugs for the treatment or prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) of the developing world. Specifically, this guidance addresses the…

Field Tests For Chagas Disease Show Success In Study

New York Times: New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease “Six different rapid diagnostic tests have proved reliable in detecting Chagas disease without having to wait for laboratory confirmation, according to a study by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization…” (McNeil, 7/7).

Ghana Making Strides To Reduce NTDs

END in Africa: Ghana launches NTD master plan, mass drug administration campaign, celebrates billionth NTD treatment “On Thursday, July 3, 2014, the Government of Ghana launched both its Ghana Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) master plan and its 2014 strategic mass drug administration (MDA) campaign, while also celebrating the One Billionth…