The global burden of disease of zoonotic parasitic diseases: top 5 contenders for priority consideration

Pisarski, Konrad (2019) The global burden of disease of zoonotic parasitic diseases: top 5 contenders for priority consideration. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 4 (1). 44.

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With the rise of global migration, international trade, and global environmental challenges such as climate change, it is not surprising that the interactions between humans and other animals are shifting. Salient infectious diseases, such as malaria and HIV (which have high burdens of disease), attract sophisticated public health frameworks and funding from global/regional organisations, such as the WHO. This unfortunately detracts attention from the many emerging zoonoses that fall under the radar as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This review considers the available literature and the attribution of burden of disease to the most insidious NTDs and recommends which five are deserving of policy prioritisation. In line with WHO analyses of NTDs, intestinal nematode infections, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis should be prioritised, as well as the burden of disease of cryptosporidiosis, which is largely underestimated. Both monitoring and treatment/prevention control methods for cryptosporidiosis are suggested and explored.

Item ID: 61865
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2414-6366
Keywords: Burden of disease, Cryptosporidiosis, Intestinal nematode infections, Leishmaniasis, Lymphatic filariasis, Neglected tropical diseases, Parasites, Schistosomiasis, Zoonoses
Copyright Information: © 2019 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 23:22
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310999 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3207 Medical microbiology > 320704 Medical parasitology @ 50%
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