For many people throughout the world, the bite of a mosquito is nothing more than a common annoyance. But for individuals living in dengue endemic countries such an annoyance can quickly turn into a life threatening condition.

Reposted with permission from the TAMEST blog, which is run by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. 

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are an important health issue in countries around the world. Most people don’t think about them at all, let alone know that some NTDs are also prevalent in the United States. The emerging threat of NTDs at home has been gaining attention recently, such as in this recent article, which appeared online in Discover.

Field research, such as that conducted for clinical trials or disease surveillance, is essential to address the many pervasive health issues in developing countries. It relies on extensive collaboration between research institutions and groups on the ground.

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