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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  • 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.
  • This article employs epidemiological modeling of Ebola spread to estimate the measure of disease severity in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Image: Ebola spread in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • This study assessed the impacts of poultry productions clusters on livelihood improvements and control of infectious diseases in four Asian countries, through a transdisciplinary ecohealth approach. Image: Poultry farms are densely packed into a cluster in Indonesia.
  • A three year retrospective study revealed a significant incidence of human rabies exposure in Ethiopia. This study also depicted being male and living in urban areas as a potential risk factor for human rabies exposure. Image: Canine rabies is a significant problem in Ethiopia.
  • Arab countries, like other developing poor countries, suffer from various types of infectious diseases. Some of these diseases might be endemic or unique to the Arab countries. However, Arab countries are still lagging behind in research in the field of infectious diseases. More efforts and further financial support are needed to encourage research and publications in this field. Image: Dr. Adham Abu Taha doing microbiological testing for specimens at An-Najah National University.
  • Ecohealth and One Health have been promoted in Southeast Asia for the last 10 years and had some promising achievements in integrated research for health, environment and agriculture. We suggest that the way forward for Ecohealth should be from a regional perspective in terms of research, training and policy translation using Ecohealth in combination with the One Health approach. Image: Ecohealth Word Clouds from the paper.
  • The main objective of the study was to description the risk factors contributing to the endemization and maintenance of schistosomiasis in the town of Bamako. The vicinity to snail breeding sites and parents¿ occupations were identified as the most important risk factors associated with S. haematobium infection exposure. Image: a treatment team in charge for mass drug distribution (praziquantel).
  • This article briefly introduces the initial import and spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, and point out the potential factors which facilitate the epidemic in this country. The authors emphasize the leading role of government and social mobilization in response to the unprecedented outbreak. Image: The cumulative case curve of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa since Jan 1, 2014 denotes the epidemic in Sierra Leone overwhelms others in the last month of 2014.
  • The 2014 epidemic of the Ebola virus infection in West Africa has become a worldwide concern. Due to the nature of the disease, which has an extremely high mortality potential, this outbreak has received much attention from researchers and public health workers. The effective surveillance system is the issue to be discussed. Image: Ebola virus infection.



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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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