Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is on track to become a thing of the past in Pacific Island countries, according to the WHO.   The organization announced in October that the Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu had eliminated the mosquito-borne illness, which…

Aiming to better understand the spread of schistosomiasis—a water-borne, tropical infection often resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood in the stool or urine—bioengineer Manu Prakash investigated the unusual swimming patterns of the parasite that causes it.  

Most of the world’s neglected tropical diseases, including dengue, leishmaniasis, leprosy, Chagas disease, and parasitic worm infections, can be found in some of the world’s wealthiest countries, as well as Nigeria, according to a new report that examines “blue marble…

In the US, the Chigoe flea, also known as a chigger, is considered a mere nuisance. But elsewhere, this parasitic flea causes an inflammatory skin disease called tungiasis, which can lead to gangrene, amputations and painful lesions.  

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and infections continue to affect Somalia’s 10.6 million people amidst conflict and political instability. Factors that have exacerbated NTDs include the country’s high percentage of people living in severe poverty, which is about 60%, and…

Bites or stings from venomous animals such as the king cobra, killer (Africanized) bees and the Gila monster often cause illness or death. But their venom may also have the potential to conquer ailments such as Lyme disease, type-2 diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease,…

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…