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Boko Haram In West, Central Africa Poses Threat To NTD Gains

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases
Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, writes, “I am concerned that the expansion of Boko Haram into West and Central Africa could have important consequences for the spread of the vector-borne NTDs … As I have pointed out previously, there are similar concerns for ISIS-occupied regions of the Middle East and North Africa. The NTD community of scientists and public health experts has much to fear about Boko Haram’s aggressive expansion, and its potential for threatening previous gains in control and elimination efforts in Africa…” (3/12).

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