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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  • This study aimed to collect qualitative data on determinants of transmission for cystic echinococcosis in humans and animals through an assessment of community knowledge, attitudes and practices related to disease, as well as the extent to which local customs and behaviours may promote transmission. Image description: Cystic echinococcosis survey with rural population of Sidi Kacem (Morocco)
  • This study determined prevalence of intestinal parasites among children under five years of age presenting with diarrhoeal diseases to Adare Hospital and Millennium Health Centre in Hawassa town, from June 6 to October 28, 2011. The study highlights the need to for parasitological examinations prior to empirical treatment of children presenting with diarrhoeal diseases. Image description: Percentage of the children infected with intestinal parasite(s)
  • Deaths associated with Ebola Virus Disease have been shown to impose a significant economic burden on the affected West African countries. The team did this study to complement the projection by the World Bank in 2014; and made a plea for increased domestic and external investments to enable Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (and other vulnerable African countries) to develop resilient health systems. Image: Ebola virus disease treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia.
  • Image attributed to: Barrier of getting access to necessary medical services
    This study estimated the direct and indirect economic burden of TB patients in China, and their effect on patients' treatment compliance. The study is important to provide information on the economic burden of TB patients in China and come up with follow-up strategy to improve patients' treatment compliance. Image description: Barrier of getting access to necessary medical services.
  • This paper reviewed literature on insecticide sensitivity among malarial mosquitoes in Zimbabwe from 1972 to 2014.The number of studies focusing on insecticide resistance in vector mosquitoes in Zimbabwe is increasing. The distribution of insecticide resistance is still inconclusive amid inconsistences in sampling methods. Image: Vector mosquitoe in Zimbabwe.
  • This study estimated the direct and indirect costs of seasonal influenza-associated outpatient visits and hospitalizations in China from a societal perspective by conducting a retrospective telephone survey. The study is important to provide information on the burden of disease and the cost-effectiveness studies of seasonal influenza vaccination in China. Image: Geographic distribution of influenza sentinel hospitals where participants registered.
  • This study assessed the prevalence of coinfection with malaria and intestinal parasites, as well as determine its association with anaemia among febrile children 10 years and below admitted to the Muyuka district hospital, Cameroon and found no significant association with anaemia despite the high prevalence of malaria, intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs), and malaria and IPIs coinfection. Image: Infected erythrocytes containing ring stages of Plasmodium falciparum.
  • 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.



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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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