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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  • 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.
  • Community-driven activities based on sociocultural conditions and community capacity at the banjar and village levels were identified as potential ways for supporting the ongoing rabies control program in Bali; include public awareness activities, vaccination, dog registration, dog population management, and rapid response to dog bites. Image: Balinese free-roaming dog is accompanying the owner conducting business.
  • In a pragmatic study, financial incentives provided to TB treatment supporters significantly improve TB treatment outcomes. Incentivising treatment support may be appropriate as an effective addition to support and supervision measures. Image: Good Shepherd Hospital where the study took place.
  • High prevalence of E. vermicularis infection in children was present in southern China. Overall, the behaviors of children and their parents' education levels were important risk factors in E. vermicularis infection, and most importantly, risk factors were differential in different age groups. Image: Obvious behaviors increase the risk of enterobiasis in children.
  • In this study the significant numbers of pre-antiretroviral therapy cases are lost from care during the first six months. Image: The investigation site in Sheka Zone, Ethiopia.
  • 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.



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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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