The WHO commended Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for eradicating trachoma, an eye disease caused by the Chlamydia trachomatisbacteria. The tropical disease is spread from person to person through contact with infected discharge and recurring…

Leprosy can be easily cured with freely available multidrug therapy—if caught early.Therein lies the difficulty: there is no simple test in the early phases, when symptoms are subtle and easily missed. "Diagnosis is made with a feather or a pencil run across the skin, and…

The bite of an infected sandfly transmits kala azar, or leishmaniasis, to more than 400,000 people globally each year, many of them in Kenya.   Without treatment, the parasitic disease—which causes fever, enlargement of the spleen and liver, and weight loss—is deadly.  

Half of all leprosy cases are falling below the radar—meaning that millions of people are missing out on diagnosis and treatment, according to a PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases study.  

An acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) outbreak in northern Bangladesh in 2012 killed 13 of the 14 children who fell ill, and scientists believe it may have to do with lychee orchard pesticides. AES, whose symptoms include unconsciousness, convulsion and excessive sweating,…

More than 80% of urban Indonesian children ages 10 and above have had dengue infection at least once, according to a first-of-its-kind study.While the country ranks No. 2 in the world for dengue disease burden, researchers say the government’s data, derived from passive…

In its quest to develop new treatments for neglected diseases that are often overlooked by the major drug companies, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) launched the

An outbreak of the rare flesh-eating disease cutaneous leishmaniasis is ravaging a community of about 300 impoverished cave dwellers in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Some say the cure—a regimen of excruciating injections—is almost as bad as the disease.  

With fungal infections on the rise, researchers wonder if climate change is to blame. Science journalist Lindsey Konkel explores the links between human activity, environmental changes and fungal diseases.   Because fungi love moist, temperate climes, a warming world is…

The Financial Times dove head first into reporting on neglected tropical diseases in a massive special report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together, the diseases afflict more than 1 billion people worldwide, many of them poor.   Topics highlighted in…