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World Health Day 2014 Focuses On Vector-Borne Diseases

Huffington Post: World Health Day
Peter Hotez, president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital endowed chair in tropical pediatrics, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine

“This year on World Health Day — Monday, April 7 — the World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases mostly refer to malaria and other neglected tropical diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes, sandflies, and other insects, as well as schistosomiasis, which is transmitted by snails. … The WHO is recommending we use this World Health Day to remember the devastating impact of vector-borne diseases, especially on the world’s poor. The good news is that there is cause for optimism that through new technologies we might one day dramatically improve global health through disease control and elimination” (4/2).

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