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Chagas disease vaccine research led by Peter Hotez at Baylor

October 11th, 2011

Sabin Vaccine Institute President Dr. Peter Hotez is leading the research at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine to develop the first-ever vaccine for Chagas disease. Approximately 18 million people worldwide are affected by the disease, mostly in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, and can also be found in parts of North America. Caused by the parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi), Chagas is transmitted by a bite from the vanchuga bug, and can lead to heart disease and digestive complications.

Having Austin-American Statesman.

Responding to an article we published today about little-known Chagas disease, the Sabin Vaccine Institute & Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston informed us that one of its nationally known doctors is working on a vaccine.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor and president of the Sabin institute (a partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital), said his research is in the early stages. It could take a decade for his vaccine to be available, if all goes well. Researchers in other countries also are working on a Chagas vaccine.

Chagas is a serious disease that is common in Latin American but is believed to be a greater threat in Texas than previously thought to dogs and people, based on research done by University of Texas Professor Sahotra Sarkar.

Reading List 8/31/2011

August 31st, 2011

Be up to date on the latest happenings in the world of NTDs with our reading list! Today were reading about:

In Uganda, Elephantiasis Cases Are Up Cases of sleeping sickness, elephantiasis and hydrocele are increasing in Alebtong district. About 30 people have been diagnosed with the neglected tropical diseases and are receiving treatment from Alebtong Health Centre IV.

Houston Medical Center rising as a global health hub: New star doc & programs gain UN notice Whether its a cancer breakthrough or the rehabilitation of a congresswoman shot on the job, the Texas Medical Center has a high national profile across nearly every advanced medical discipline. But with prestigious new programs and doctors setting up here, Houston is also making a name for itself in the world of global health initiatives, according to the United Nations Dispatch.

Rural Areas at Higher Risk of Dengue Fever Than Cities In a study led by Wolf-Peter Schmidt from the Nagasaki Institute of Tropical Medicine, Japan, and recently published in PLoS Medicine, the authors analyzed a population in Kanh-Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam (~350,000 people) that was affected by two dengue epidemics between January 2005 and June 2008.