Infectious Diseases of Poverty is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing topic areas and methods that address essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty. These include various aspects of the biology of pathogens and vectors, diagnosis and detection, treatment and case management, epidemiology and modeling, zoonotic hosts and animal reservoirs, control strategies and implementation, new technologies and application. Transdisciplinary or multisectoral effects on health systems, ecohealth, environmental management, and innovative technology are also considered.


  • Xiao-Nong Zhou, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, China CDC
The publication costs for Infectious Diseases of Poverty are fully covered by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for submissions before 31st Dec 2014. Authors will need to pay part of the article-processing charge for submissions from 1st Jan 2015.


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  • Corporations increasingly contribute to health interventions, but without recognizing the interconnected nature of ecosocial, political and economic conditions, these interventions often occur in isolation and end with project closure. A human rights approach to corporate investment in infectious disease could ensure the effectiveness of interventions. Image: Challenges in nonholistic corporate charity: Industrial drums double as water tanks at an unsanitary borehole.
  • This paper reports circulation of the low pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N2 virus in ducks at a live bird market in Nigeria. Reversal to virulence of low pathogenic avian influenza is possible posing economic and public health threat. The importance of continuous monitoring of reservoir hosts and bridge species like the duck for evidence of influenza virus was emphasized. Image: Wild ducks with low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
  • This paper illuminates the major gaps in frontline and airport Ebola control and containment, and provides structured opportunities for leaders, governments, academia, industry, and stakeholders to more robustly mobilize and combine resources. Image: Bushmeat seller such as bats, antelopes, porcupines and monkeys is a prized delicacy in much of West Africa countries but can also be a source of acquired Ebola immunity and outbreak, and worth anti-Ebola campaign.
  • This ecological study investigates the impact of various climatic, environmental, and demographic variables on the spatial distribution of cholera cases in Kenya. Image: District-level distribution of cholera cases and various demographic characteristics in Kenya.
  • This paper identified the impediments and enablers of ecosystem approaches to health using a case study approach. The results showed that while challenges with integrating research components need to be planned prior to implementation, monitoring non-technical aspects were useful for articulating the research approach and comparing concept-to-practice. Image: The polluted Nhue River and water from the communes.
  • This paper explores the role of social science research in controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases. It reflects on existing literature and delineates future areas where social research has an important role to play in designing, implementing and evaluating interventions for sustainability. Image: Farmer in a helminth-endemic area of Zambia digs a pit latrine.
  • Community based interventions increase knowledge scores and also have an impact of sexual behaviours with regard to HIV. However the problem remains as to how best to scale up these interventions and how best to overcome real or perceived barriers to their uptake. Image: Community-based interventions on HIV.
  • This letter briefly introduces the content of the TV programme entitled Health on the tip of the tongue and discuss its significance for clonorchiasis control in China. Image: China Central Television is broadcasting the TV programme.
  • This paper assessed the relationship between poverty and malaria in Yunnan, China, and made recommendations for future research in this important area. Image: The relation between malaria incidence and per capita GDP in the Yunnan province, China, 2005¿2010.
  • This paper is aimed to assess the knowledge about filariasis, coverage and compliance of MDA during 2011 from community perspective and exploring factors affecting compliance, operational issues involved in carrying out MDA activities from medical officers and distributors perspective. Image: Major reasons for non-consumption of DEC as quoted by individuals during in depth discussions.
  • This study investigated the efficacy of two oral doses of praziquantel for the treatment of Schistosoma haematobium among school children in rural some communities in Nigeria. The study demonstrated a satisfactory efficacy of two doses of PZQ at 12 weeks post treatment. Image: School children being treated with praziquantel during the study.



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Xiao-Nong Zhou

Xiao-Nong Zhou

Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou is Director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Shanghai, China. He graduated with a PhD in Biology from Copenhagen University, Denmark in 1994, following his MSc in Medical Parasitology from Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases. Professor Zhou returned to Jiangsu to work across the fields of ecology, population biology, epidemiology, and malacology, before moving to the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases in 2001, where he has worked as a Professor on the infectious diseases of poverty. After almost a decade of being Deputy Director at the institute, Professor Zhou was made Director in 2010.

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