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Surveillance and Response to Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Edited by: Prof Marcel Tanner, Prof. Xiao-Nong Zhou

Establishment of surveillance and response system is the final step of disease control in a national elimination programme, it has been applied for infectious disease, especially in neglected tropical diseases, in increasing numbers of developing countries, based on the innovative and effective One world-One health perspective. Six different research priorities are recommended, including (i)Dynamic mapping of transmission; (ii) Capture of population dynamics; (iii) Modeling based on a minimal and essential database approach; (iv) Implementation of mobile-health (m-health) and sensitive diagnostics; (v) Design of response packages tailored to different transmission settings and levels; and (vi) Validation of approaches and responses, as a result of The First Forum on Surveillance Response System Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination, held in Shanghai in June 2012.

Therefore, the purpose of the collection is to focus on the research progress for the basic components as well as innovative approaches of the surveillance-response system, and trig more researcher or decision makers to improve the surveillance-response system in the recourses limited settings or in the transition stage from control to elimination of specific diseases in the poor countries, which carry the heaviest disease burdens, face various challenges how to strengthen the health system as well as developing effective and novel tools for surveillance and response tailored to local settings.

  1. The peer-reviewed journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty provides a new platform to engage with, and disseminate in an open-access format, science outside traditional disciplinary boundaries. The current piece re...

    Authors: Xia Zhou, Peiling Yap, Marcel Tanner, Robert Bergquist, Jürg Utzinger and Xiao-Nong Zhou
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2016 5:49
  2. Tropical diseases remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Although combined health efforts brought about significant improvements over the past 20 years, communities in resourc...

    Authors: Ernest Tambo, Lin Ai, Xia Zhou, Jun-Hu Chen, Wei Hu, Robert Bergquist, Jia-Gang Guo, Jürg Utzinger, Marcel Tanner and Xiao-Nong Zhou
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014 3:17
  3. Contemporary data on the immunologic, haematologic and virologic responses and predictors of virologic failure after initiation of free antiretroviral treatment in Cameroon are needed to evaluate the current t...

    Authors: Henry D Meriki, Kukwah A Tufon, Mbunkah H Afegenwi, Bernard A Nyindem, Pascal N Atanga, Damian N Anong, Fidelis Cho-Ngwa and Theresa Nkuo-Akenji
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014 3:5
  4. As internet and social media use have skyrocketed, epidemiologists have begun to use online data such as Google query data and Twitter trends to track the activity levels of influenza and other infectious dise...

    Authors: Isaac Chun-Hai Fung, King-Wa Fu, Yuchen Ying, Braydon Schaible, Yi Hao, Chung-Hong Chan and Zion Tsz-Ho Tse
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:31
  5. Many simple, affordable and effective disease control measures have had limited impact due to poor access especially by the poorer populations (urban and rural) and inadequate community participation. A proven...

    Authors: Ikeoluwapo O Ajayi, Ayodele S Jegede, Catherine O Falade and Johannes Sommerfeld
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:25
  6. In China, rabies is a significant public health concern where dogs remain the main reservoir of disease transmission to humans; rabies-related mortality ranks second in the world.

    Authors: Wenwu Yin, Jie Dong, Changchun Tu, John Edwards, Fusheng Guo, Hang Zhou, Hongjie Yu and Sirenda Vong
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:23
  7. Wenwu Yin and co-workers conducted a systematic review on challenges and needs to eliminate rabies in China (Yin et al., 2013 in this journal). Their analysis shows that there is considerable overrepresentatio...

    Authors: Jakob Zinsstag
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:22
  8. Studies on costs incurred by patients for tuberculosis (TB) care are limited as these costs are reported as averages, and the economic impact of the costs is estimated based on average patient/household income...

    Authors: Kingsley Nnanna Ukwaja, Isaac Alobu, Seye Abimbola and Philip Christy Hopewell
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:21
  9. The epidemic of H7N9 bird flu in eastern China in early 2013 has caused much attention from researchers as well as public health workers. The issue on modeling the transmission risks is very interesting topic....

    Authors: Viroj Wiwanitkit, Benyun Shi, Shang Xia, Guo-Jing Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou and Jiming Liu
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:17
  10. Mobile technology has great potential to improve adherence and treatment outcomes in healthcare settings. However, text messaging and phone calls are unaffordable in many resource-limited areas. This study inv...

    Authors: Merav Kliner, Abigail Knight, Canaan Mamvura, John Wright and John Walley
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:12
  11. In view of the rapid geographic spread and the increasing number of confirmed cases of novel influenza A(H7N9) virus infections in eastern China, we developed a diffusion model to spatiotemporally characterize...

    Authors: Benyun Shi, Shang Xia, Guo-Jing Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou and Jiming Liu
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:8
  12. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease which is still a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. People with diabetes mellitus (DM) have a three times higher risk of developing active T...

    Authors: Hiwot Amare, Aschalew Gelaw, Belay Anagaw and Baye Gelaw
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:6
  13. The phosphoglycerate mutase (PGM) enzyme catalyzes the interconversion of 2- and 3-phosphoglycerate in the glycolytic /gluconeogenic pathways that are present in the majority of cellular organisms. They can be...

    Authors: Prashant Kumar Singh, Susheela Kushwaha, Shahab Mohd, Manisha Pathak and Shailja Misra-Bhattacharya
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:5
  14. Recent publication of the global epidemiology of clonorchiasis and its relationship with cholangiocarcinoma in the journal of Infectious Diseases of Poverty has stressed the importance of Clonorchis sinensis infe...

    Authors: Men-Bao Qian, Ying-Dan Chen and Fei Yan
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:4
  15. Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1/AIDS and Schistosoma mansoni are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and co-infection occurs commonly. Since the early 1990s, it has been suggested that the two infections may interact...

    Authors: Humphrey D Mazigo, Fred Nuwaha, Shona Wilson, Safari M Kinung'hi, Domenica Morona, Rebecca Waihenya, Jorg Heukelbach and David W Dunne
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:2
  16. Surveillance and response represent the final crucial steps in achieving effective control and particularly elimination of communicable diseases as recognized in the area of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs),...

    Authors: Xiao-Nong Zhou, Robert Bergquist and Marcel Tanner
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:1
  17. The impact of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on tuberculosis (TB), and the implications for TB and HIV control, is a public health challenge in Ghana – almost a quarter (23%) of all TB cases were HIV p...

    Authors: Gloria Akosua Ansa, John D Walley, Kamran Siddiqi and Xiaolin Wei
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:13