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 Article Processing Charges for Infectious Diseases of Poverty are partially supported by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for submissions before 31st Dec 2015. Authors only need to pay a publication fee of 450 GBP per article during this period.


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  • Although schistosomiasis has been endemic in Malawi for decades, there is inadequate information on the extent of morbidity associated with the disease. This paper provides estimates of the number of individuals with different schistosomiasis associated morbidity in Malawi. Image: Paired adult schistosome flukes in copula. Source: O'Donoghue, 2010.
  • An α-1,2-glucosidase inhibitor Miglustat has been shown to inhibit Ebola virus (EBOV) particle assembly and secretion; and the estrogen receptor modulators Clomiphene and Toremifene prevent membrane fusion of the EBOV. Thus, a hypothetical protocol with a cumulative use of both Miglustat and Toremifene is proposed here for EBOV infection treatments. Image: Miglustat and Toremifene inhibit Ebola virus glycosylation and fusion respectively.
  • The change patterns of the cell profile of circulating lymphocytes were indentified in human co-infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and hookworm, which might indicate that the humoral and cellular immune responses are more suppressed. Image: The expressions of B and T cell subsets in different groups.
  • This study found that maternal orphans bear the brunt of the disease and are more likely to delay HIV testing and diagnosis as compared to non-orphans. In practice, HIV testing relies on children having HIV-related symptoms, with regard to orphans, primary caregivers lack relevant information to identify HIV related symptoms, and as a result, HIV diagnosis for orphans occurs in late childhood following recurrent and chronic infections. Image: Early HIV diagnosis-a strategy to unite against HIV/AIDS for children.
  • Significant progress has been made in the last 25 years to reduce the malaria burden, but considerable challenges remain. These gains have resulted from large investments in a range of control measures targeting malaria. Image: The malaria-transmitting mosquito.
  • Malaria is still a major public health issue among pregnant women in the area mainly due to illiteracy and non-compliance to using ITNs. Increasing awareness about malaria preventive measures will help to reduce malaria and its associated morbidities and mortalities. Image: Malaria parasites in Giemsa stained thick film.
  • This study showed that malaria, climate change, livelihoods are interlinked. Community understanding on the linkages between malaria, livelihoods and climate change is limited. These call for an integrated control of malaria and food insecurity interventions. Image: Linkage between livelihood, agricultural practice, climate variability, malaria and food security.
  • Over the past decade, a large number of TB control projects have been funded by the government of China and world, and epidemic in China has been effectively controlled. However TB control in China still faced many challenges. Image: Common symptoms of active lung TB are cough with sputum and blood at times.
  • Ghana as a pioneer in the implementation of IDSR in Africa has not yet recorded a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease. The country needs to actively involve community based surveillance systems to partner health facilities for effective integrated surveillance on EVD. Image: Effective Community surveillance addresses gaps in EVD surveillance in Ghana.
  • Ebola virus disease mainly affects the economically deprived countries whitout effective vaccine or cure of ebola virus disease. The only way to fight this deadly epidemic is by making reforms beforehand and setting forth a step-wise approach to deal with it before it gets out of hand. Image: Kill the killer ebola outbreak, before it kills you.



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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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