In Latin America, vampire bats are the biggest cause of rabies—killing up to 1% of people in some Amazon villages annually—and spreading to new areas. Using genetic studies, Daniel Streicker, an infectious disease ecologist at the University of Glasgow, tracked the…

The discovery of scrub typhus off the coast of Chile suggests it may be endemic in South America, far from the Asia-Pacific region known as home to the deadly bacteria. Spread by the larvae of trombiculid mites (chiggers), researchers confirmed a cluster of 3 cases on an…

The Most Neglected Disease For the Global Health Untold Stories Contest of 2015, we and colleagues at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health received 170 nominations of diseases and issues that impact global health but receive little or no attention from the…

African oral health are mounting a campaign to persuade the WHO to add the disease Noma to the list of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Noma (cancrum oris) is a gangrene that destroys the mouth’s mucus membranes and rapidly spreads to other parts of the face. The…

With depleting global anti-venom stocks, snakebites pose a crisis for many poor countries. In Nigeria, for example, rainy season floods stirred venomous carpet vipers to bite farmers too poor to buy protective boots. Hundreds of Nigerians die from snakebite each year. And…

Despite a massive campaign that reduced the number of human cases of Guinea worm from several million to only 7 this year in 4 countries, eradication isn’t a slam dunk. The worm has found a new way to hide and thrive: in dogs. More than 600 hundred canines in Chad have the…

TEDx rolled out a new series of curated playlists about global issues, called TEDxSpotlights, this week. Launched in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the first TEDxSpotlight tackles pandemics (check out the playlist here) and features TEDx Talks…

Good old-fashioned snail control proved more effective at curbing schistosomiasis than drug treatments, according to Stanford-led research in Senegal. Programs that reduced the intermediary snail host, alone or along with drugs, reduced the proportion of the population…

At 65 million years old, the leishmania parasite has had plenty of time to perfect spreading leishmaniasis to humans via sand fly bites, says Matthew Rogers a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researcher who’s working to better understand the parasite/sand…

What’s behind the apparent reductions in success against the diseases of aging in wealthy countries? Better diagnosis and treatment can’t explain it all. While diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke still kill millions, the data show they are happening later and…