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Estimating snakebite incidence from mathematical models: A test in Costa Rica

December 2, 2019

Estimating snakebite incidence from mathematical models: A test in Costa Rica

 By applying a simple model based on the law of mass action, Carlos A. Bravo-Vega and colleagues successfully capture the spatial variation of snakebite incidence in Costa Rica and provide the basis for the development of more complex models based on the law of mass action to estimate several epidemiological variables associated with snakebite in rural populations.

Image credit: Bravo-Vega CA, Cordovez JM, Renjifo-Ibáñez C, Santos-Vega M, Sasa M (2019)

Visceral Leishmaniasis Call for Papers

We are currently seeking papers related to innovation in Visceral Leishmaniasis elimination and control.                                  We have extended the deadline for submissions to February 29. 2020. Read the Editorial for more information.

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09/19/2019

Editorial

Innovations for the elimination and control of visceral leishmaniasis

Angamuthu Selvapandiyan, Nirmal K. Ganguly, and colleagues discuss the progress made in the visceral leishmaniasis elimination programs in endemic regions worldwide, the current issues with diagnosis, the available drug treatments, and potential prevention measures that can be used to maintain elimination progress. Read the Editorial.

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Innovations for the elimination and control of visceral leishmaniasis

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Current Issue November 2019

11/21/2019

Review

Plague in Zimbabwe from 1974 to 2018: A review article

Amon Munyenyiwa and colleagues aim to provide an overview of the epidemiology and ecology of plague in Zimbabwe with special emphasis on its introduction, its potential reservoirs and vectors, and possible causes of its persistence and cyclic outbreaks by carrying out a search of documented reported plague outbreaks in Zimbabwe. Read the Review

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Plague in Zimbabwe from 1974 to 2018: A review article

11/14/2019

Viewpoints

Significance of amebiasis: 10 reasons why neglecting amebiasis might come back to bite us in the gut

Debbie-Ann T. Shirley and colleagues summarize 10 reasons why amebiasis is a global health problem in need of further attention to develop innovative and inexpensive point-of-care diagnostic and surveillance tools, novel treatment options, and effective preventive strategies to help end amebiasis transmission. Read the Viewpoint

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Significance of amebiasis: 10 reasons why neglecting amebiasis might come back to bite us in the gut

11/22/2019

Research Article

Proof of principle study of a neem and coconut oil mixture for the treatment of tungiasis

Lynne Elson and colleagues aim to determine the efficacy of a mixture of neem and coconut oil for treatment of tungiasis in coastal Kenya and find that while it doesn't kill more fleas than KMnO4 within 7 days, secondary outcomes are better and suggest that a higher impact might be observed at a longer observation period. Read the Author Summary

Proof of principle study of a neem and coconut oil mixture for the treatment of tungiasis

Image credit: Elson L, Randu K, Feldmeier H, Fillinger U (2019)

11/25/2019

Research Article

Comorbidity of Ascaris suum infection during lung fibrosis exacerbate chronic inflammation

Fabrício Marcus Silva Oliveira and colleagues demonstrate that A. suum infection leads to comorbidity, and contributes to the aggravation of pulmonary dysfunction during pulmonary fibrosis, as well as significant liver injury and inflammation, without changing the A. suum cycle in the lungs. Read the Author Summary

Comorbidity of Ascaris suum infection during lung fibrosis exacerbate chronic inflammation

Image credit: Oliveira FMS, da Paixão Matias PH, Kraemer L, Gazzinelli-Guimarães AC, Santos FV, Amorim CCO, et al. (2019)

12/05/2019

Research Article

Entamoeba nuttalli genome and host specificity of Entamoeba spp.

Masayuki Tanaka and colleagues conduct a de novo assembly of the E. nuttalli genome followed by comparative genomic analysis with two other mammalian and a reptilian Entamoeba species and find an E. histolytica-specific repeat known as ERE2 in the E. nuttalli genome. Read the Author Summary.

Entamoeba nuttalli genome and host specificity of Entamoeba spp.

Image credit: Tanaka M, Makiuchi T, Komiyama T, Shiina T, Osaki K, Tachibana H (2019)

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