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The Economist Examines How Diseases Qualify As Eradicable

The Economist: What makes a disease eradicable “Humanity has succeeded in eradicating only one human disease: smallpox. … [Polio and Guinea worm] are the only targets currently sanctioned for global eradication by the World Health Organization. The International Task-Force for Disease Eradication, a group of scientists and health experts established…

Mexico Becomes 3rd Country In World To Eliminate Onchocerciasis

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Adiós! Goodbye, oncho! Mexico joins two other countries in ending onchocerciasis in LAC Mirta Roses Periago, director emeritus of PAHO/WHO and special envoy for the Global Network, discusses progress made by the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region in ending…

Carter Center Continues To Pursue Guinea Worm Eradication

VOA News: End of Guinea Worm in Sight for Carter Center “…Thanks to the efforts of former President Jimmy Carter and the Atlanta-based Carter Center working with government health ministries, the disease historically known as Guinea worm is on the verge of becoming a historical footnote. During Carter’s August announcement…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Pharmaceutical Research, Drug Pricing

The Guardian: Drug-price hikes don’t lead to better cures. We must find another way forward Philipp du Cros, infectious diseases specialist and head of the Manson Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) U.K. “…We must move beyond the idea that high prices are the only way to make…

Global Impact Of Leptospirosis Greater Than Other Hemorrhagic Fevers, Study Shows

SciDev.Net: Leptospirosis study unmasks global impact “…Conservative estimates show that the bacterial infection, transmitted from mammals to humans, infects and kills more than other causes of hemorrhagic fever, the authors say. The study, published [Thursday] in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, reviewed leptospirosis literature from 1970 to 2008 to…