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Table of Contents: October 2009

COVER

The scar of Buruli ulcer on a patient's hand in Benin.

Image Credit: Susanna Hausmann-Muela
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As with many other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the scar of Buruli ulcer extends beyond physical manifestations and social stigma, and is exacerbated by a lack of quality care and access to effective biomedical resources. In this issue, Hausmann-Muela et al. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000445) argue that it is of critical importance to contextualize stigma within a broader conceptual framework of health-seeking behavior and other socioeconomic factors if the vicious circle of illness, stigma, and poverty that encapsulates the billion people suffering from NTDs is ever to be broken.

Editorial

Expert Commentary

Symposium

A Word of Caution against the Stigma Trend in Neglected Tropical Disease Research and Control

Joan Muela Ribera, Koen Peeters Grietens, Elizabeth Toomer, Susanna Hausmann-Muela

Reviews

The Global Burden of Trachoma: A Review

Matthew J. Burton, David C. W. Mabey

Helminth Genomics: The Implications for Human Health

Paul J. Brindley, Makedonka Mitreva, Elodie Ghedin, Sara Lustigman

Research Articles

A Pilot Study for Control of Hyperendemic Cystic Hydatid Disease in China

Wenbao Zhang, Zhuangzhi Zhang, Turhong Yimit, Baoxin Shi, Hasyeti Aili, Gulnor Tulson, Hong You, Jun Li, Darren J. Gray, Donald P. McManus, Jincheng Wang

Integrated Mapping of Neglected Tropical Diseases: Epidemiological Findings and Control Implications for Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State, Southern Sudan

Hugh J. W. Sturrock, Diana Picon, Anthony Sabasio, David Oguttu, Emily Robinson, Mounir Lado, John Rumunu, Simon Brooker, Jan H. Kolaczinski

Immunogenic Salivary Proteins of Triatoma infestans: Development of a Recombinant Antigen for the Detection of Low-Level Infestation of Triatomines

Alexandra Schwarz, Stefan Helling, Nicolas Collin, Clarissa R. Teixeira, Nora Medrano-Mercado, Jen C. C. Hume, Teresa C. Assumpção, Katrin Marcus, Christian Stephan, Helmut E. Meyer, José M. C. Ribeiro, Peter F. Billingsley, Jesus G. Valenzuela, Jeremy M. Sternberg, Günter A. Schaub

Anemia of Inflammation Is Related to Cognitive Impairment among Children in Leyte, The Philippines

Courtney L. Olson, Luz P. Acosta, Natasha S. Hochberg, Remigio M. Olveda, Mario Jiz, Stephen T. McGarvey, Jonathan D. Kurtis, David C. Bellinger, Jennifer F. Friedman

Inaccuracy of Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Using Soluble and Recombinant Antigens to Detect Asymptomatic Infection by Leishmania infantum

Elizabeth Castro Moreno, Andréa Vieira Gonçalves, Anderson Vieira Chaves, Maria Norma Melo, José Roberto Lambertucci, Antero Silva Ribeiro Andrade, Deborah Negrão-Corrêa, Carlos Mauricio de Figueiredo Antunes, Mariângela Carneiro

Mosquito Infection Responses to Developing Filarial Worms

Sara M. Erickson, Zhiyong Xi, George F. Mayhew, Jose L. Ramirez, Matthew T. Aliota, Bruce M. Christensen, George Dimopoulos

Recent Rapid Rise of a Permethrin Knock Down Resistance Allele in Aedes aegypti in México

Gustavo Ponce García, Adriana E. Flores, Ildefonso Fernández-Salas, Karla Saavedra-Rodríguez, Guadalupe Reyes-Solis, Saul Lozano-Fuentes, J. Guillermo Bond, Mauricio Casas-Martínez, Janine M. Ramsey, Julián García-Rejón, Marco Domínguez-Galera, Hilary Ranson, Janet Hemingway, Lars Eisen, William C. Black IV

Brugia malayi Gene Expression in Response to the Targeting of the Wolbachia Endosymbiont by Tetracycline Treatment

Elodie Ghedin, Tiruneh Hailemariam, Jay V. DePasse, Xu Zhang, Yelena Oksov, Thomas R. Unnasch, Sara Lustigman

Measuring Morbidity Associated with Urinary Schistosomiasis: Assessing Levels of Excreted Urine Albumin and Urinary Tract Pathologies

José C. Sousa-Figueiredo, María-Gloria Basáñez, I. Simba Khamis, Amadou Garba, David Rollinson, J. Russell Stothard

Widespread Distribution of a Newly Found Point Mutation in Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel in Pyrethroid-Resistant Aedes aegypti Populations in Vietnam

Hitoshi Kawada, Yukiko Higa, Osamu Komagata, Shinji Kasai, Takashi Tomita, Nguyen Thi Yen, Luu Lee Loan, Rodrigo A. P. Sánchez, Masahiro Takagi