To eventually eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), a combination of mass drug administration (MDA) and mosquito control, tailored to local conditions, is the best approach, according to new research. The results are in “contrast to WHO’s recommendation that applying 4 to 6…

On Wednesday November 11, the PLOS redditscience “Ask Me Anything” live chat will focus on a PLOS NTDs study examining the global burden of leptospirosis, a zoonotic bacterial disease that can manifest in often fatal outcomes which has been neglected in spite of its rising…

The Sudanese government is now admitting the spread of dengue fever in the Darfur region, after denying the outbreak earlier this week. The WHO confirmed that 103 persons have died of hemorrhagic fever in Darfur’s western region, and it reported 182 suspected cases across…

Hydrocele—a collection of fluid around the testicles that can cause a large swelling in the scrotum— is a disabling condition that causes both physical and mental pain to an estimated 25 million men worldwide, according to the WHO.

Traipsing about in Honduras’s remote Mosquitia jungle to look for the ruins of an ancient culture carries no small risk, a Nat Geo team has found. Despite protection from the Honduran military, members of the expedition were attacked by dangerous if tiny foes: sand flies…

Construction sites, full of debris, stagnant water and leaky pipes, harbor the dengue-bearing Aedes mosquitoes, as Delhi is learning. Past building booms, such as the Commonwealth Games in 2010, thrust construction-related dengue into the spotlight—but Delhi’s current…

From snakebites to TB, Big Pharma is withdrawing investment into neglected diseases (NDs) affecting the poorest—making an argument that nonprofit medicines aren’t their job. Earlier this month, for example, Sanofi Pasteur announced it was ceasing production of Africa’s only…

Reinvent: Conference on Neglected Diseases takeS place this Friday at the University of Toronto. The interdisciplinary academic conference is dedicated to challenging “participants to question the social inequalities that allow neglect to proliferate.”

Capping off World Water Week, the WHO pledged to strengthen its focus on water/sanitation in the battle against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Targeted water and sanitation interventions outlined in its new global strategy on NTDs http://www.who.int/…

Vox correspondent Amanda Taub weighs in on the much disputed paper concluding that giving Kenyan schoolchildren deworming pills improved not only their educational outcomes but also those of kids in neighboring schools.  “It seemed like the world had stumbled onto an actual…