The recent West Nile Virus outbreaks in Texas and across the United States have called attention to the strong links between tropical diseases and poverty, both in the United States and abroad. In an editorial published in the Sunday, September 2 edition of the Houston Chronicle, Dr. Hotez and his co-author, Dr. Kristy Murray of Baylor College of Medicine, called for more disease surveillance, education for healthcare providers and greater engagement by product development partnerships such as the Sabin PDP to respond to these urgent public health issues:
“To tackle the tropical diseases…we now need to look at creating innovative state public and private partnerships that also engage our individual and corporate philanthropists and corporations.”
The Economist also featured Dr. Hotez in an article this week about the recent West Nile Virus outbreaks and how they most severely impact homeless populations and people living in poor housing conditions:
“In general, mosquitoes find the poor inviting hosts, explains Peter Hotez of the Baylor College of Medicine. They often live near potholed roads, with standing water, and are less likely to have insect spray and window screens.”
In addition to The Economist and Houston Chronicle, these important health concerns were covered in pieces in Scientific American, Time and Public Radio International. Dr. Hotez’s New York Times editorial was also reprinted in theDallas Morning News.