NTDs: Lymphatic filariasis – mosquitoes plus parasites equal elephantiasis

This post is the 11th 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. Lymphatic filariasis (LF), also known as elephantiasis, is another one […]

Another infectious disease bites the dust (mostly)

On November 10th, 2015, the WHO issued a press release stating that five years after the introduction and incorporation of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine in the “meningitis belt” of Africa, that area has controlled and nearly eliminated the deadly meningitis A disease. In 2014, there were only 4 laboratory confirmed cases of meningitis A in […]

Polio eradication: How close are we?

Update 9/27/15: WHO has just removed Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries, leaving just Pakistan and Afghanistan. (This piece, written by me, was originally posted on This Week in Global Health www.twigh.org) Polio may become the second viral human disease (following smallpox) ever eradicated from this planet. Like smallpox, polio can be prevented with […]

Guinea worm – Could it become the second eradicated disease in human history?

Humans are on track to eliminate a second disease from the face of the planet, guinea worm (the first was smallpox in case you forgot your human history). Guinea worm is a parasitic worm that is transmitted only by people drinking water containing parasite-infected water fleas. Guinea worm disease is rarely fatal though it causes […]