Today, Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez contributed a story to Foreign Policy about how little known neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are wreaking havoc in some of the world's wealthiest nations.

For example, he writes:

More than two-thirds of the reported cases of visceral leishmaniasis, which causes a leukemia-like chronic illness, are found in G-20 countries, led by India, Brazil, China, and Italy. Similarly, 60 percent of those who require treatment for lymphatic filariasis, responsible for elephantiasis, live in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Brazil; while more than 70 percent of food-borne trematode infections, which cause liver cancer and severe lung disease, are found in China, South Korea, and Russia...

...Much of the disease burden within G-20 countries falls on the poor in Indonesia and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), but there are also several serious NTDs found in Eastern and Southern Europe, and in the southern United States, including Chagas disease (heart disease), cysticercosis (seizures and other neurologic illness), and dengue (breakbone fever).

Read more here.

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