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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  • 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.
  • Monoclonal antibody therapy has an important role to play as a post-exposure prophylactic and therapeutic for the treatment of viral infections. For example, several patients of the present Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa were treated with ZMapp, a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies. This paper explores monoclonal antibody expression platforms, and highlights a protozoal expression system which may be particularly suited to use in developing contexts. Image: Native IgG, scFv and bivalent scFv-Fc fusion molecules.
  • A 1:1 matched case-control study showed that primary MDR-TB cases were more likely to be single, earn an annual income of ≤ 12,000 yuan, experience more life pressure/stress, not be medically insured, and suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease or other respiratory diseases, or cancer. Image: Distribution of estimated primary MDR-TB cases in China, 2013.
  • Kyasanur Forest disease outbreak was confirmed proactively among nomadic tribes habitating in a reserve forest in Malappuram district, Kerala, India in May 2014. Vaccination has been undertaken along with enhanced surveillance and health education of tribals on prevention of tick bites. Image: The process of blood sample collection in field.
  • Despite potentially significant health risks posed by pig production related to zoonoses, information on the sociocultural drivers of these diseases is significantly lacking. This review summarises existing sociocultural knowledge on eight pig-associated zoonoses endemic to Southeast Asia, with Lao PDR as a case study. Image: Pig in Lao PDR.
  • This study demonstrates evidence of spatial clustering in human cases of CCHF reported in the country during year 2013. A large multi-district cluster was found in Balochistan province near Afghanistan border. Another cluster was detected in Punjab that included district Rawalpindi and a part of Islamabad. Those districts may be targeted for research and healthcare interventions on priority such as public awareness programmes, one health initiative etc. Image: Spatial clusters of confirmed reported human cases of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Pakistan.



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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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