Another Bad Thing About War: Insect-Borne Diseases
Friday, July 19, 2013
The Global Post
In a Global Post op-ed, Dr. Peter Hotez says kinetoplastid infections have emerged as the most lethal consequence of modern wars over the last three decades.
Few have ever heard of the kinetoplastid infections, which emerged in the 1980s as among the most ferocious diseases affecting innocent civilians caught in wars and conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Yet these neglected tropical diseases have killed hundreds of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The potential and actual public health threats from these conditions continue the international community must remain vigilant in order to prevent further human suffering and deaths.