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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  • Dengue incidence of Kandy city, Sri Lanka was demonstrated to be correlated with several weather variables. The team did this study compared their results with that of similar studies and made several proposals to improve dengue control. Image: Weather affects the biology of dengue vector (and the virus).
  • The present study showed that the original factor structure of Brief COPE did not fit the data when applied to People Living with HIV/AIDS in China Six factors of Brief COPE were identified after EFA was performed. Image: Three categories model of Brief COPE developed by Cooper et al.
  • This study enrolled 6,458 patients with 25.1 HIV infection prevalence. There were substantial geographical variations in risk factors associated with HIV infection among drug users. Spatial heterogeneity might provide some guidance for tailoring site-specific intervention strategies to better control HIV transmission in areas with limited resources. Spatial autocorrelation and heterogeneity are important factors to consider in future studies of risk factors for HIV infection. Image: Propaganda slogan of AIDS prevention.
  • Image attributed to: Thioredoxin glutathione  in complex with NADPH
    This study describes a novel assay targeting thioredoxin glutathione reductase that identified 74 inhibitory hits. When tested ex vivo, 39 showed cidal activity including 5 that killed larva at 3.125 ?M and 3 killed adult worms at concentrations between 5 ?M and 10 ?M. These confirmed hits may serve as starting points for the development of new therapeutics against schistosomiasis.
  • In this study, there was a significant increase in prevalence of human brucellosis as recorded at three diagnostic laboratories, from 2010 to 2012. Therefore, routine screening for symptomatic patients as well as raising public awareness on methods for prevention of brucellosis should be made routine at health facilities. Image: Sharing water sources at the human-animal interface, South-western Uganda.
  • This review summarises and discusses current information available and gaps in research on malaria co-infection with gastro-intestinal helminths and tissue-dwelling parasites with emphasis on helminthic infections, in terms of the effects of migrating larval stages and intra and extracellular localisations of protozoan parasites and helminths in organs, tissues, and vascular and lymphatic circulations. Image: Tissue-dwelling parasites.
  • Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) is endemic in five districts of Karnataka, India. The recent reports of its spread to the adjoining districts of the Western Ghats Forest is a cause of concern. Besides vaccination of the affected population, establishing an event-based surveillance for monkey deaths would help detect the disease early and thereby help institute appropriate control measures. Image: The monkey act as sentinel animal of KDF.
  • This study uses novel mapping methods including satellite and environmental data, to define targeted and high risk areas of hypo-endemic onchocerciasis in sub-Saharan Africa. These methods will help to reduce the time and increase the efficiency in which the onchocerciasis elimination goal of 2025 can be achieved. Image: Onchocerciasis ?hypo-endemic hotspot ?with river and forest delineation.
  • Lymphatic Filariasis, a neglected tropical disease, with a global tropical distribution is a highly disfiguring and disabling condition. The mental health co morbidity burden was calculated and suggests this burden is a major factor previously not assessed as a contribution to morbidity. Similarly, other neglected tropical diseases need to be assessed using the methodology to provide a true assessment of morbidity for sufferers and their caregivers. Image: Lymphatic Filariasis patient-a picture of despair and anxiety. Copyright and thanks to Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK): Photographer - Marcus Perkins.
  • Our study has identified the critical influence of traditional, cultural and supernatural beliefs in relation to seeking help from traditional sector providers for both leprosy and TB. Our paper concluded that socio-cultural concepts of illness causation and associated help seeking preferences rooted in distinct features of tribal culture need to be addressed to improve programme outcomes. Image: Bohada is a cultural festival of tribes in Thane District.
  • This study assessed the prevalence of opportunistic intestinal parasitic infections and other gastrointestinal parasitic infections among patients attending the Laboratory of Parasitology-Mycology at the University Hospital Souro Sanou in Bobo-Dioulasso and found that the prevalence remained high in Bobo-Dioulasso, thus requiring the establishment of adequate techniques for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Image: Immature oocyst of Isospora belli.
  • The AIDS are suffering geographical social changes, between them, the move from large urban centers to internal Brazilian states, a phenomenon termed interiorization. This study aimed to evaluate the epidemiological data and interiorization of AIDS in Rondonia, Brazil. Image: Spatial distribution of AIDS in Rondonia, Brazil.



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Xiao-Nong Zhou

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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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