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Chikungunya Spreads Throughout Americas

CNN: The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas “…This was the first outbreak of the debilitating disease [chikungunya] in the Western Hemisphere, health officials said. All countries in Central America have now reported local transmission of chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-GOON-ya), and the United States had 11 confirmed cases of local infection this…

Coalition Partners Working To Eliminate Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Huffington Post: Uniting to Stop the Worms David Addiss, director of Children Without Worms “…At the second anniversary of the London Declaration on NTDs in April 2014, nine partners added pledges of over US$120 million toward [soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH)] control and prevention and helped establish the STH Coalition — now…

$100M For NTDs Included In FY15 Spending Bill

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Congress Approves $100 Million for NTD Funding! Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes, “…We were very happy to hear that Congress approved $100 million for NTD funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and…

Private Financial Backing, Strong Coordination Can Help Eliminate NTDs

The Guardian: Pills, philanthropy, and parasitic worms Ellen Agler, chief executive, and Warren Lancaster, senior vice president of program, both at the End Fund “…The global movement to end NTDs has seen significant momentum in recent years. One of the most promising aspects of this is that new partners have…

USAID Grants $10M To DNDi For NTD Drug R&D

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative: DNDi Receives US$ 10 Million from USAID to Develop New Drugs for Neglected Filaria Patients “The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has been awarded US$ 10 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop new treatments for onchocerciasis (river blindness)…

NTD Expert Peter Hotez Named As U.S. Science Envoy

U.S. Department of State: Announcement of U.S. Science Envoys The State Department announced the names and area of expertise of four new U.S. science envoys, including Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, who will…

Veterinarians Play Important Role In Recognizing Zoonosis Threats To Humans

The Atlantic: How Veterinarians Prevent Animals From Spreading Diseases to Humans “…Seventy-five percent of newly emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be spread between animals and humans. And they wreak havoc: People fall ill having no natural defenses, and there is often no medicine to fill the gap. ……

French Polynesia Reports 18K Chikungunya Cases; Disease Threatens Other South Pacific Nations, Officials Report

Reuters: Mosquito-borne chikungunya now spreading rapidly through South Pacific “Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, has taken hold in French Polynesia, spreading rapidly and threatening neighboring Pacific nations, regional health authorities said on Wednesday. … French Polynesia, with a population of more than 268,000, said four people had died and…

All NTDs Need Vaccines, Treatments

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Neglected Tropical Diseases that Kill Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Jennifer Herricks, a postdoctoral fellow at the National School of Tropical Medicine, write “that while we…