NTD and NCD Co-morbidities: The Example of Dengue Fever

Recent findings of paradoxically high endemicity of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) among populations living in the Group of 20 (G20) countries could portend high rates of these diseases among patients with underlying non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with resultant co-morbidities. Read the article: http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004619    

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

Could the 2016 Summer Olympics be safer from Zika than we think?

There are major concerns about the risks of contracting the Zika virus during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, by the time the Olympics begin in August, for very specific reasons, could the risk of contracting Zika as an athlete or spectator be less than has been suggested in some of the popular … Continue reading