Blog Highlights PLOS Editorial Examining NTDs In DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “is home to some of the highest levels of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world, as reported in a new editorial published [Thursday] in PLOS NTDs,” the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog writes. “The paper was authored by Dr. Anne Rimoin, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, and Dr. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine,” the blog notes, adding, “They write that ‘despite the public health importance of DRC’s NTDs, there is much more that we do not know than we do know about both the high prevalence NTDs and the emerging viruses in the Congo Basin.'” The blog adds, “Rimoin and Hotez call for improved disease surveillance to understand the total reach and severity of NTDs in DRC, which they argue is a crucial first step for providing treatment to those that need it and which is currently lacking there” (Alabaster, 7/25).