Dems Renew Call to Track Parasitic Diseases Among Poor Americans
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sabin President, Dr. Peter Hotez is quoted regarding the domestic suffering due to neglected infections amongst disadvantaged populations within the United States.
Referring to the parasitic infections, toxocariasis and trichomoniasis, Dr. Hotez stated, "they remain forgotten diseases among forgotten people.” Hotez stated these problems aren’t discussed because they primarily effect “people of color living in poverty in places such as the Mississippi Delta, post-Katrina Louisiana, the border with Mexico and inner cities.”
A bill that is being reintroduced would require an annual report to Congress on “parasitic diseases among poor Americans.” This report would relay the prevalence, threat, and impact of diseases (including NTDs) and make recommendations on how to combat the problem.