Chronic Infection of Tropical Diseases
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Disease Epidemiology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 11790
Around two billion people are currently infected with one or more tropical diseases, most of them in developing countries. The term tropical disease encompasses all diseases that principally occur in the tropics, though these geographical limits are expanding in relation to factors such as growing international markets, improved transportation systems, demographic changes and, ultimately, as a consequence of global climatic change. Tropical diseases contribute to a vast social and economic burden resulting from social shame, somatic disabilities, blindness, discrimination, malnutrition, growth failure, and impaired cognitive development. The resulting outcome of these factors perpetuates the cycle of poverty by preventing individuals from leading productive lives, thus affecting families, communities, and countries as a whole. Another factor that aggravates this situation is the tendency for many of these diseases to become chronic, exacerbated by the lack of treatments, inadequate treatments, or absence of medical attention and adequate hygienic–sanitary conditions. To address this situation, in-depth studies are needed to clarify the current epidemiology of these diseases and the changes that are occurring in addition to developing effective control tools. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high level of academic discourse coupled with provision of optimal proposals that have a practical focus.
Prof. Dr. Rafael Toledo
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- tropical diseases
- neglected tropical diseases
- chronic infections
- climatic change