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Sabin's Dr. Peter Hotez comments on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new initiative that targets parasitic diseases in the United States. 

"CDC's renewed commitment to these diseases is extremely welcome, and I especially want to congratulate the dynamic leadership of their Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria including Drs. Monica Parise and Larry Slutsker, who lead these activities. I am co-author with them in an opening editorial for the AJTMH series.

Six years ago, I first called national attention to these neglected parasitic infections in addition to several other viral infections including dengue fever, congenital cytomegalovirus infection and selected zoonotic bacterial infections. Together I labeled them America's neglected infections of poverty and drew comparisons between these conditions and the major neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that occurred in Africa, Asia and tropical regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Among the features they share in common are their chronic and debilitating characteristics and therefore their ability to cause poverty. Indeed, several US neglected infections of poverty, such as Chagas disease, cysticercosis, leishmaniasis, and dengue fever are also on the World Health Organization's new list of 17 NTDs."