As the Zika virus epidemic continues to spread internationally, countries such as the United States must determine how much to invest in prevention, control, and response. Fundamental to these decisions is quantifying the potential economic burden of Zika under different scenarios.
My editorial with Dr. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic & International Studies
Accessing the historical archives that were available online for five different urban newspapers, we searched for newspaper articles that included the key words “kissing bug” and were published between January 1, 1899, and December 31, 1899. What we unearthed was an unexpected “outbreak” of kissing bug assaults that were reported in newspapers across the nation. Ten years before Carlos Chagas described Chagas disease (in 1909), the US experienced a multi-city hysteria caused by the routine, nightly bites of the “kissing bug” that resulted in numerous hospitalizations and even a few deaths.
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It is clear that the impact of CSOM on the developing regions of the world, as well as its current lack of effective treatment options, make it a strong candidate for becoming a true NTD. Ultimately, the global fight against CSOM will require both treatment and prevention strategies, together with efforts to raise awareness of this disease and its health and economic impact on developing countries.
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