New framework helps gauge impact of mosquito control programs

Effective methods of controlling mosquito populations are needed to help lower the worldwide burden of mosquito-borne diseases including Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have described a new statistical framework that can be used to assess mosquito control programs over broad time and space…

New diagnostic test for malaria uses spit, not blood

Sub-Saharan Africa bears the burden of the world’s malaria cases. Credit: Franco Volpato/Shutterstock.com “Spit here, please.” Will this become the instruction we receive upon entering clinics, schools, apothecaries and ports of entry throughout the globe? One of the main factors enabling the continued transmission of malaria are individuals who are…

Surgery kills more people than HIV, TB and malaria COMBINED

Surgery kills more than HIV, TB and malaria COMBINED: Operations are the ‘neglected stepchild of global health’ after too much money has been pumped into infectious diseases Every year, 4.2million people die worldwide within 30 days of surgery This is a staggering 1.23million more deaths than HIV, TB and malaria…