NTDs: Dengue and chikungunya – those pesky mosquitoes can kill you

This post is the 3rd in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Dengue and chikungunya are both mosquito-borne viral diseases.The incidence […]

Mycetoma: A disease so neglected it’s not even on the WHO list of NTDs

Edit: On 28 May 2016, the 69th World Health Assembly approved a resolution recognizing mycetoma as a neglected tropical disease. I’d like to think this article had something to do with that, although I’m certain that’s not the reality. Mycetoma is a badly neglected tropical disease that results in bone and flesh destruction which frequently […]

Yellow fever outbreak in Angola, worst in 30 years, threatens to spread

Angola is in the midst of its worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years, add to that a¬†shortage of yellow fever vaccine and the world could be looking at a serious problem. Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever spread by Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika. The “yellow” refers to the […]

Is measles eradication possible when the world is still trying to eradicate polio

Humanity has only truly conquered one human infectious disease, and that disease is smallpox. Smallpox was successfully eradicated in 1977 after causing between 100 and 300 million deaths in the 20th century. Strides are being made to make polio the second infectious disease eradicated. Polio eradication efforts have been ongoing for nearly 30 years, costing […]

Zika virus’s link to neurological damage becoming clearer

As more scientific attention focuses on Zika virus and why we’re seeing neurological damage now in this outbreak when we hadn’t in previous outbreaks, new information is constantly coming to light. I wrote a previous article looking at the possible link between the microcephaly being seen in Brazil and a larvicide being used in drinking […]