Introduction

Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, infects 26 million people living near the rivers and fast-moving streams of sub-Saharan Africa.  A small number of cases have also been reported in Yemen and the Americas.

Introduction

Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or “snail fever”, is a parasitic disease carried by fresh water snails infected with one of the five varieties of the parasite Schistosoma.

The Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) website now features information about typhoid for travelers. The section includes a traveler's account of his experience falling ill with typhoid fever and lessons learned about typhoid prevention. The unfortunate traveler in this case is Sabin's own Mike McQuestion, director of the Sustainable Immunization Financing Program.

Last month, the Dengue Vaccine Initiative began posting daily questions and answers on its Twitter page as part of a new series called Dengue Basics.

Few illnesses have as much power to cause panic among the population as meningococcal disease. And the facts are scary: meningococcal disease is one of the most severe and rapidly progressive community acquired infections.

Saving 7 Million Pregnancies in Africa

March 20, 2012

Globally, an estimated 1,000 women die every day from pregnancy and childbirth complications -- the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Both of these regions have a disproportionally high burden of diseases known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). While NTDs affect men, women, and children, one NTD in particular, hookworm, has devastating effects for pregnant women.

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