Old World Cutaneous Leishmaniasis and Refugee Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

Rebecca Du, Peter J. Hotez, Waleed S. Al-Salem, Alvaro Acosta-Serrano

The Syrian refugee crisis has precipitated a catastrophic outbreak of Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis now affecting hundreds of thousands of people living in refugee camps or trapped in conflict zones. A similar situation may also be unfolding in eastern Libya and Yemen.

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http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004545

 

Mycetoma: The PLOS NTDs Collection

Another one with Dr. Aksoy:

Mycetoma: The PLOS NTDs Collection

 

Impact of the Neglected Tropical Diseases on Human Development in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Nations

The employment of a new “worm index” of human development, together with additional published health information, confirms the important role neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) play in hindering the advancement of many of the world’s Muslim-majority countries.

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http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003782

 

 

Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Ebola-Affected Countries of West Africa

While global attention in West Africa is focused on the emergence of Ebola virus infection, new information from the published literature and World Health Organization databases reveals that many other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are far more widespread and also require urgent attention.

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003671

Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases

Currently the four nations under threat by Boko Haram account for approximately one third each of the 169 million people at risk for onchocerciasis (river blindness, and the estimated 472 million people who require mass treatment for lymphatic filariasis (LF), elephantiasis, in Africa. Moreover, transmission of Gambian human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) still occurs in Cameroon, Chad, and possibly Niger.

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