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Role of reptiles and associated arthropods in the epidemiology of rickettsioses: A one health paradigm

February 17, 2021

Role of reptiles and associated arthropods in the epidemiology of rickettsioses: A one health paradigm

Jairo Alfonso Mendoza-Roldan and colleagues present findings indicating the epidemiological role of lizards in spreading SFG rickettsiae as well as I. ricinus, and hence represent a potential public health concern in geographical areas where lizards, ticks and humans share the same environment.

Image credit: Mendoza-Roldan JA, Ravindran Santhakumari Manoj R, Latrofa MS, Iatta R, Annoscia G, Lovreglio P, et al.

World NTD Day 2021

World NTDs Day is January 30th. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is delighted to be partners with 270+ organizations,                                  and to join the call to #EndtheNeglect and #BeatNTDs. In honor of this continuing fight and the rallying cry for attention to                                      these critical issues, we've curated a collection of global health papers. 

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02/18/2021

Viewpoints

Drugs that target early stages of Onchocerca volvulus: A revisited means to facilitate the elimination goals for onchocerciasis

Shabnam Jawahar and colleagues posit that the addition of “prophylactic” drugs to the toolbox of present microfilaricidal drugs and future macrofilaricidal treatment regimens will not only improve the chances of meeting the elimination goals, but may hasten the time to elimination and also will support achieving a sustained elimination of onchocerciasis. Read the Viewpoint

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Drugs that target early stages of Onchocerca volvulus: A revisited means to facilitate the elimination goals for onchocerciasis

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02/18/2021

Symposium

Rabies encephalitis in a preschool child following postexposure prophylaxis

K. M. Chaitra and colleagues report a case of rabies encephalitis in a 4½-year-old male child with an exposure to a suspect rabid dog. The child developed rabies 25 days after receiving postexposure prophylaxis. Read the Symposium

Image credit: Chaitra KM, Ballal S, Masthi NRR, Ashwath Narayana DH, Yashodha HT, Kumar M, et al.

 Rabies encephalitis in a preschool child following postexposure prophylaxis

02/18/2021

Policy Platform

The adoption of the One Health approach to improve surveillance in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

André de Souza Leandro and colleagues describe the steps taken by the Zoonosis Control Center of Foz do Iguaçu in the last 23 years to move from an archaic and sectorized structure to a modern and timely surveillance program embracing zoonotic diseases, venomous animal injuries, and vector-borne diseases epidemiology under the One Health approach. Read the Policy Platform.

Image credit: Ray Wilson, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The adoption of the One Health approach to improve surveillance in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

02/18/2021

Research Article

Performance evaluation of Baermann techniques for the diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis

Woyneshet Gelaye and colleagues analyze 437 stool samples from Northwest Ethiopia using conventional Baermann, modified Baermann and modified Baermann with charcoal pre-incubation techniques to determine a standard diagnostic approach which can be used for routine diagnostic services and field studies. Read the Author Summary

Performance evaluation of Baermann techniques for the diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis

Image credit: Gelaye W, Williams NA, Kepha S, Junior AM, Fleitas PE, Marti-Soler H, et al.

02/02/2021

Research Article

Re-purposed drug, tetraethylthiuram disulfide neutralizes snake venom-induced toxicities

Gotravalli V. Rudresha and colleagues provide an insight into snake venom metalloproteases-induced toxicities and the promising protective efficacy of teetraethyl thiuram disulfide can be extrapolated to treat severe tissue necrosis complementing anti-snake venom. Read the Author Summary

Re-purposed drug, tetraethylthiuram disulfide neutralizes snake venom-induced toxicities

Image credit: Rudresha GV, Urs AP, Manjuprasanna VN, Milan Gowda MD, Jayachandra K, Rajaiah R, et al.

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