Some 300,000 in the U.S. have it. Many are afraid to come forward.
They strike in early childhood, affecting first children's education and later their productivity. Some people with leprosy
The “Kissing Bug” disease has some 8 million people scared for their life in Latin America. The life-threatening illness is passed to people by the chagas bug.
Coinciding with the publication of a series of articles in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH), the new CDC initiative will prioritize five major parasitic diseases, which are considered neglected because they mainly impact Americans who live in extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States and in degraded urban areas of major US cities.
The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.
Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.
"The 'globalization' of Chagas translates to up to 1 million cases in the US alone, with an especially high burden of disease
For expectant mothers, what makes Chagas disease especially harmful is that it can be passed to their unborn children, causing highly lethal congenital infections. However, few obstetricians are trained to recognize the signs of Chagas disease.
It's not easy to introduce neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, to first time audiences. The truth is they may be the most important diseases of girls and women you have never heard of.