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Editorial

A Global Fund to Fight Neglected Tropical Diseases: Is the G8 Hokkaido Toyako 2008 Summit Ready?

  • Peter J. Hotez mail,

    PHotez@gwu.edu or mtmpjh@gwumc.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University and Sabin Vaccine Institute, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • David H. Molyneux,

    Affiliation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • Alan Fenwick,

    Affiliation: Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

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  • Lorenzo Savioli,

    Affiliation: Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Tsutomu Takeuchi

    Affiliation: Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

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  • Published: March 26, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000220

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Don't forget zoonoses!

Posted by Zinsstag on 27 Mar 2008 at 21:52 GMT

The suggestions for a global fund for neglected diseases is urgent and highly welcome. I recommend however that the list of diseases is extended to include zoonoses of which diseases like brucellosis, rabies, echinococcosis to name just a few make up a substantial share of the burden of NTDs. Zoonoses should not become the neglected of the neglected diseases. A proposal for a global concerted approach for controlling zoonoses is made in the referenced paper underneath.

Zinsstag, J.; Schelling, E.; Roth, F.; Bonfoh, B.; de Savigny, D.; Tanner, M. Human Benefits of Animal Interventions for Zoonosis Control. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2007, 13, 527-531.