Table of Contents

October 2009

As with many other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the scar of Buruli ulcer extends beyond physical manifestations and social stigma, and is exacerbated by a lack of quality care and access to effective biomedical resources. In this issue, Hausmann-Muela et al. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000445) argue that it is of critical importance to contextualize stigma within a broader conceptual framework of health-seeking behavior and other socioeconomic factors if the vicious circle of illness, stigma, and poverty that encapsulates the billion people suffering from NTDs is ever to be broken.

Image Credit: Susanna Hausmann-Muela


A Word of Caution against the Stigma Trend in Neglected Tropical Disease Research and Control

Joan Muela Ribera, Koen Peeters Grietens, Elizabeth Toomer, Susanna Hausmann-Muela


The Global Burden of Trachoma: A Review

Matthew J. Burton, David C. W. Mabey

Helminth Genomics: The Implications for Human Health

Paul J. Brindley, Makedonka Mitreva, Elodie Ghedin, Sara Lustigman

Research Articles

A Pilot Study for Control of Hyperendemic Cystic Hydatid Disease in China

Wenbao Zhang, Zhuangzhi Zhang, Turhong Yimit, Baoxin Shi, Hasyeti Aili, Gulnor Tulson, Hong You, Jun Li, Darren J. Gray, Donald P. McManus, Jincheng Wang

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