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Emerging Infectious Diseases  Click for RSS

An emerging infectious disease is one that has appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but is rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range. Examples include hantavirus, avian flu, west Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Review Articles

2 Jun 2010

Do the poor benefit from infectious disease programmes?

When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
Source: TropIKA.net Journal
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9 Mar 2010

Vector-borne diseases: what will be the impact of climate and other environmental changes?

A review concludes that we do not know enough about the ecology of diseases such as malaria and dengue to be able to make accurate predictions. Nevertheless, appropriate action can be taken now to reduce their impact.
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
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News

30 Sep 2010

RSTMH broadens its horizons

A report on the biennial meeting of the UK’s Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Source: TropIKA.net
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28 May 2010

Public searches now possible of database of global R&D funding

Access to data from the G-FINDER survey will help funders and product developers better understand where funding gaps lie and how their investments fit into the global picture.
Source: George Institute
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Editorial Opinions

24 Feb 2011

Funding research into the infectious diseases of poverty: what happens now?

The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?
Source: TropIKA.net
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5 Aug 2008

Neglected once more: UK government report on infectious diseases excludes the ‘NTDs’

Report takes only a restrictive view of the performance of intergovernmental organizations in disease control; neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) escape attention.
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Research Articles

20 May 2010

New drugs still lacking for the infectious diseases of poverty

So far in the 21st century (and with the exception of malaria and AIDS), only four new products have become available for treating or preventing infections in poor communities.
Source: PLoS ONE
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7 Jul 2008

Development and evaluation of a 1-step duplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for differential diagnosis of chikungunya and dengue infection

An innovative approach allows detection of both dengue virus and chikungunya virus in a single reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.
Source: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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Reports

7 Jul 2009

The Epidemic Divide

The burden of epidemics of infectious diseases on the social and economic development of poorer countries is growing, but is not being sufficiently addressed.
Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
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4 Nov 2008

The International Response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: Science, Policy and Politics

A report asks what has been learned from the appearance of the avian influenza virus, H5N1, and what it means for future efforts to respond to emerging infectious diseases.
Source: Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre
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