Table of Contents: March 2009


African village pigs.

Image Credit: Nicolas Praet, Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp
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This photograph shows typical African village pigs. Such pigs are mainly free roaming or semi-confined and their close contact with humans is one of the major risk factors for the transmission of Taenia solium taeniasis and cysticercosis. Human cysticercosis can cause serious neurological disorders such as acquired epilepsy. Although T. solium cysticercosis is being eradicated in most industrialized countries, with their intensified pig husbandry systems, it remains an important but neglected zoonotic disease in low-income countries (see Praet et al., doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000406).



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Historical Profiles and Perspectives

From Tucson to Genomics and Transgenics: The Vector Biology Network and the Emergence of Modern Vector Biology

Barry J. Beaty, Denis J. Prager, Anthony A. James, Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, Louis H. Miller, John H. Law, Frank H. Collins, Fotis C. Kafatos

From Innovation to Application

A Global Public Database of Disease Vector and Reservoir Distributions

Alexander Moffett, Stavana Strutz, Nelson Guda, Camila González, Maria Cristina Ferro, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero, Sahotra Sarkar

Research Articles

Estimating Household and Community Transmission of Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis

Isobel M. Blake, Matthew J. Burton, Robin L. Bailey, Anthony W. Solomon, Sheila West, Beatriz Muñoz, Martin J. Holland, David C. W. Mabey, Manoj Gambhir, María-Gloria Basáñez, Nicholas C. Grassly

Immunologic Responses to Vibrio cholerae in Patients Co-Infected with Intestinal Parasites in Bangladesh

Jason B. Harris, Michael J. Podolsky, Taufiqur R. Bhuiyan, Fahima Chowdhury, Ashraful I. Khan, Regina C. LaRocque, Tanya Logvinenko, Jennifer Kendall, Abu S. G. Faruque, Cathryn R. Nagler, Edward T. Ryan, Firdausi Qadri, Stephen B. Calderwood

Successful Interruption of Transmission of Onchocerca volvulus in the Escuintla-Guatemala Focus, Guatemala

Rodrigo J. Gonzalez, Nancy Cruz-Ortiz, Nidia Rizzo, Jane Richards, Guillermo Zea-Flores, Alfredo Domínguez, Mauricio Sauerbrey, Eduardo Catú, Orlando Oliva, Frank O. Richards Jr, Kim A. Lindblade

The Disease Burden of Taenia solium Cysticercosis in Cameroon

Nicolas Praet, Niko Speybroeck, Rafael Manzanedo, Dirk Berkvens, Denis Nsame Nforninwe, André Zoli, Fabrice Quet, Pierre-Marie Preux, Hélène Carabin, Stanny Geerts

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Necator americanus Infection: A Possible Cause of Altered Dendritic Cell Differentiation and Eosinophil Profile in Chronically Infected Individuals

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The Population Structure of Glossina palpalis gambiensis from Island and Continental Locations in Coastal Guinea

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Tereza C. Favre, Ana P. B. Pereira, Aline F. Galvão, Luciana C. Zani, Constança S. Barbosa, Otávio S. Pieri

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Jeremiah M. Ngondi, Fiona E. Matthews, Mark H. Reacher, Jonathan King, Carol Brayne, Hebe Gouda, Paul M. Emerson

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Ramon F. Santos, Marcela A. S. Pôssa, Matheus S. Bastos, Paulo M. M. Guedes, Márcia R. Almeida, Ricardo DeMarco, Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, Maria T. Bahia, Juliana L. R. Fietto

Risk Maps of Lassa Fever in West Africa

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