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Dr. Peter Hotez discusses the incidence of NTDs among the poor in the United States on the 50th anniversary of Lydon Johnson's declaration of a war on poverty.

"This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 State of the Union Address, when he declared a national war on poverty. But today the poorest people living in our nation still suffer from a group of unique neglected diseases linked to extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States.

The Affordable Care Act is expected to bring additional impoverished Americans into the healthcare system. Many of them will be afflicted with neglected tropical diseases, but are we ready? "

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