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  Tropical Diseases
Tropical diseases are illnesses that either occur uniquely in tropical and subtropical regions (which is rare) or, more commonly, are either more widespread in the tropics or more difficult to prevent or control.
It is believed that diseased monkeys of Africa and tropical America are the primary source of infection and that carrier mosquitoes transmit the infection to humans.
The disease spread from its probable area of origin in the Indus Valley in India to the Mediterranean and North African regions; all of Europe was affected.
www.mayaparadise.com /diseasee.htm   (6440 words)

 Tropical disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tropical diseases are infectious diseases that either occur uniquely in tropical and subtropical regions (which is rare) or, more commonly, are either more widespread in the tropics or more difficult to prevent or control.
Some tropical diseases are very rare, but may occur in sudden epidemics, such as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever and the Marburg virus.
Tropical countries like Brazil, which have improved their socio-economic situation and invested in hygiene, public health and the combat of transmissible diseases have achieved dramatic results in relation to the elimination or decrease of many endemic tropical diseases in their territory.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tropical_disease   (510 words)

 ASTMH :: Questions & Answers : Tropical Diseases
Some of the organisms that cause tropical diseases are bacteria and viruses, terms that may be familiar to most people since these types of organisms cause illness common in the U.S. Less well known are those more complex organisms commonly referred to as parasites.
Malaria is caused by protozoa of genus Plasmodium.
Acute disease involves fever, swelling of the lymph nodes and, sometimes, inflammation of the heart muscle and of the brain.
www.astmh.org /q_a/tropical_dis.cfm   (4333 words)

Because some of these diseases show similar symptoms to a nasty case of the flu, the person is often able to spread the disease before they are aware of the fact that it is a tropical disease.
Very few tropical diseases can be prevented specifically by vaccination, so travellers to countries where diseases are prevalent are at an increased risk of picking up a disease against which they have no natural resistance.
Tropical diseases are a long way from being controlled or eradicated so it is imperative that travelers take precautions to protect themselves and others.
www.klienwachter.com /adarticles/ezineready.php?id=1725   (2008 words)

 ASU Center for Latin American Studies: Tropical Disease
Although many of the tropical diseases this workshop will cover are diseases endemic to the tropical regions of Ecuador, this workshop will also have an overview of the history of epidemics in the region.
While these diseases are different in that they are carried into the area by outsiders as opposed to being common in the region, health care workers can learn a great deal about indigenous culture through their assessment of such epidemics.
Chagas’ Disease, which affects nearly 18 million people in the Americas, is a disease which is caused by bugs which live in and around the home, and pass the disease onto people.
www.asu.edu /clas/latin/tropical-disease.html   (723 words)

 Marburg outbreak raises tropical disease profile
The Marburg virus disease, first identified in 1967 during simultaneous outbreaks affecting laboratory workers in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany, and in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, is an acute febrile illness accompanied by severe hemorrhagic manifestations.
The impact of tropical diseases is heightened by the significant lack of resources and infrastructure necessary to deliver general medical care in many developing countries.
Undoubtedly, awareness of the seriousness of tropical diseases, previously thought to be of low priority, has risen in recent years, and this latest outbreak serves as an effective reminder.
www.bioportfolio.com /news/datamonitor_119.htm   (691 words)

 Fish Health and Disease
Remember that disease organisms will always be present in the aquarium to some extent, but they will not normally affect a healthy fish.
Diseases take hold when fish are injured or weakened by stress, which may be caused by poor water quality, aggressive tankmates or simply the transportation and handling involved in acquiring new fish.
Introducing new fish to an established aquarium is a potential source of new disease organisms, to which the current inhabitants may have no resistance.
www.thetropicaltank.co.uk /hdisease.htm   (266 words)

 Tropical diseases - Wikitravel
There are a number of Tropical diseases that present a health risk to travellers that are not present in their own countries.
The disease is transmitted to humans by contact with infected birds (esp. poultry) and their excrements and may cause serious disease.
In areas of Africa where the disease is endemic (that is, constantly present), Lassa fever is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality.
wikitravel.org /en/Tropical_diseases   (1464 words)

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES Background Parasitic diseases continue to represent tremendous public health problems, especially for people living in the tropics where parasites are responsible for deaths and impaired growth and development of children and debilitating, chronic diseases among adults.
Currently, the parasitology and tropical disease program in the DMID, NIAID, consists primarily of investigator initiated research project grants focusing on the biology (molecular and cellular biology, immunology, and biochemistry) of the medically important protozoa and helminths as well as the invertebrate vectors.
For the purpose of this RFA, intervention strategies to be considered are: (1) vaccines to prevent infection and/or disease; (2) chemotherapeutic agents to prevent and/or treat infection; and (3) methods to control invertebrate vectors or interrupt the parasite's life cycle in the vector.
grants.nih.gov /grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-94-019.html   (2694 words)

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES Background Parasitic diseases continue to represent tremendous public health problems, especially for people living in the tropics where parasitic infections are responsible for deaths and impaired growth and development among children as well as for debilitating, chronic diseases among adults.
Of special interest to clinicians and public health workers in developed nations is the occurrence of severe parasitic disease in individuals who acquired their infection congenitally or as a result of immunosuppression.
The International Centers for Tropical Disease Research (ICTDR) network serves to coordinate many of the Institute's activities in the area of tropical infectious diseases.
grants.nih.gov /grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-03-018.html   (3503 words)

 Tropical sprue (Disease)... Fort Lauderdale, Florida   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Tropical sprue is a malabsorption syndrome of unknown cause that is prevalent in the tropics and subtropics.
The cause of this disease is unknown, but it may be related to an infectious organism.
The main symptom is diarrhea, which may improve on leaving tropical areas, or may appear years after leaving the tropics.
www.browardhealth.org /18789.cfm   (372 words)

 Cure for fatal tropical disease - oral treatment of leishmaniasis
Leishmaniasis is one of several names for various tropical diseases, which are caused by flagellates of the genus Leishmania.
The parasites are transmitted by sandflies, blood-sucking insects of the tropical and subtropical zones.
The disease has no geographical limit like malaria does and in the temperate zones of southern Europe leishmaniasis is on the rise.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2000-02/M-Cfft-1702100.php   (1942 words)

 Tropical Resources - Encouraging Aquatic Excellence
It is a viral disease which affects select groups of fish such as cichlids, but does not affect cyprinids or catfish.
Adverse water conditions are the biggest predisposing factor to this disease followed by stress which can cause what may have been a dormant form of the virus to become active.
This disease also can be found in fish which have been artificially coloured or dyed, but it is not known if the reason for this is because of the techniques and equipment used for the colouring procedure on sick fish contaminating healthy fish, or from the stress response of the colouring itself.
www.tropicalresources.net /phpBB2/d_profiles_cauliflower_disease.php   (552 words)

 International Centers for Tropical Disease Research, NIAID Fact Sheet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Increase the coordination of Institute activities in the area of tropical diseases and international health.
The Tropical Disease Research Units (TDRU) program, initiated in 1980, is a wholly domestic grant award program that fosters targeted research focused on diseases caused by protozoal and helminth parasites.
The International Collaboration in Infectious Disease Research (ICIDR) program, initiated in 1978, is an international program with domestic and foreign components, designed to promote interaction between U.S. investigators and scientists in a host country where tropical diseases are endemic.
www.niaid.nih.gov /factsheets/ictdr.htm   (764 words)

 eMedicine - Endomyocardial Fibrosis : Article by James L Furgerson, MD
Tropical EMF and Löffler endocarditis should be distinguished from endocardial fibroelastosis, which is characterized by cartilaginous thickening of the mural endocardium, chiefly of the left ventricle.
This disease is most common in the first 2 years of life and, in some patients, appears to be an inherited disorder that is associated with congenital cardiac malformations.
The eosinophil is not present as frequently in cases of tropical EMF as in Löffler endocarditis; thus, the role of the eosinophil in the tropical disease is likely less significant.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic677.htm   (2925 words)

 Destinations: Tropical South America | CDC Travelers' Health   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In the News: Dengue, Tropical and Subtropical Regions
Yellow fever, a viral disease that occurs primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America, is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Food and waterborne diseases are the primary cause of illness in travelers.
www.cdc.gov /travel/tropsam.htm   (1880 words)

 The Hospital For Tropical Disease
In 1948 on being asked what his plans were for tropical diseases in London, the then Secretary of State for Health Aneurin Bevan stated "It is proposed to develop a tropical diseases centre as a unit of the University College of London Hospital group.
The speciality of Tropical Medicine remains in the twenty first century an expanding field of medicine as it did in 1821 when the first Hospital for Tropical Diseases was established on board HMS Grampus.
The new Hospital for Tropical Diseases was opened on the 29th June 1999, by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal thus maintaining the Hospital's long tradition of Royal Patronage.
www.thehtd.org /content/history.asp   (643 words)

 Tropical Fish Disease
An important aspect of aquarium and tropical fish keeping is that of diagnosing and treating tropical fish disease.
Most aquarium fish come from the tropics, where they live in extremely clean waters with low hardness, high oxygen content, and often with many dissolved organic substances.
This section is dedicated to the aquarist who wishes to dive into the intricacies and science of treating an array of tropical fish from many common diseases.
www.versaquatics.com /tropicalfishdisease.htm   (549 words)

 Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The global burden of the neglected tropical diseases is equivalent to at least half of that of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria;
Neglected tropical diseases comprise 13 parasitic and bacterial infections and are the most common afflictions of humankind (Box 1).
The disease affects over 120 million people in 80 countries throughout the tropics and sub-tropics and is carried from person to person by mosquitos.
www.gnntdc.org /what/what.html   (908 words)

 Open Directory - Health: Public Health and Safety: Tropical Health   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Australasian College of Tropical Medicine - The ACTM is the pre-eminent organisation in the Australasian region representing professional interests in tropical medicine.
Swiss Tropical Institute - Mission is contribute to the improvement of the health of populations internationally through research, services and teaching and training.
Tropical Disease Research - Division of WHO which promotes, advocates and coordinates tropical disease control to improve the health status of individual communities and populations.
dmoz.org /Health/Public_Health_and_Safety/Tropical_Health   (564 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | Tropical disease drive is hailed
In total, it is estimated that one billion people in 80 tropical countries are at risk from the disease, also known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), and 120 million people actually carry the infection.
Dr David Molyneux, a tropical disease expert at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said LF was almost unheard of in the West as symptoms only usually become apparent following multiple mosquito bites over a long period of time.
He said: "This is a disease that affects the poorest of the poor.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/3512384.stm   (504 words)

The Tropical Disease Biology Field Workshop brings together students and faculty who are interested in the study of diseases, public health issues and medical education in developing countries.
Grijalva's interest in Chagas' disease and his ties to the institute have grown since he graduated from the university and began a postdoctoral research position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Cutline: Chagas' disease is caused by a parasite transmitted to animals and humans by this insect, a triatomid.
www.ohiou.edu /news/months/nov1998/112.html   (1364 words)

 ScienceDaily: Antibiotics Help Combat Dangerous Tropical Disease
Science Daily — The disease is triggered off by the bite of an infected mosquito: together with its anticoagulant the mosquito pumps threadworm larvae into its host's body.
Over-use Of Antibiotics In Fish-for-food Industry Encourages Bacterial Resistance And Disease (June 21, 2006) -- The heavy use of antibiotics in the rearing of fish could be detrimental to the health of the fish, but also that of animals and humans, a recent report says.
Infectious disease -- In medicine, infectious disease or communicable disease is disease caused by a biological agent such as by a virus, bacterium or parasite.
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2005/06/050624101256.htm   (1935 words)

 Tropical Disease
The young girl shown in the photo on the left exhibits the swollen eye that indicates a recent infection of the disease-causing protozoan, which is spread by the bite of an insect.
Join host Kelli Whitlock, Director of Research Communications at Ohio University, as she examines the work of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Tropical Disease Institute.
Find out what the scientists of the Tropical Disease Institute think about these important health issues on this edition of intouch with the university.
woub.org /intouch/Tropical_Disease/tropical_disease.html   (147 words)

 Treating Tropical Diseases
The diagnosis was indeed leishmaniasis, a tropical disease spread by infected female sandflies.
Still, tropical diseases are more prevalent in developing countries, where conditions all too commonly foster their spread.
Most are for rare diseases." Ivermectin and other drugs for tropical diseases available through the service are not approved in the United States but are provided under investigational drug exemptions granted by FDA.
www.fda.gov /fdac/features/1997/197_trop.html   (3256 words)

 Izzy's Medical Guide to Tropical Fish Disease
Most species come from the tropics, where they live in clean waters with low conductivity and hardness, with high oxygen levels, and with a lot of dissolved organics.
While it is possible to chemically adjust your aquarium to match the fish's natural waters, it is almost impossible to approach their degree of cleanliness.
Many of these are organisms, and bacteria and fungi that live on the bottom of the tank or in the water, and they can cause disease.
www.angelfire.com /nj2/izzys   (360 words)

 Untitled Document
WHO is trying to overcome research and surveillance problems by developing the Special Program on Tropical Diseases, which is the first step in building a more stable epidemiological infrastructure that will help promote awareness and education of the disease and hopefully be the first step in successfully treating and reducing the levels of incidence.
Cholera has been dubbed the "easiest disease to control." Because its modes of transmission are well-known and can be controlled with the implementation of certain equipment and practices, it is an unnecessary disease and one of the easiest to avoid.
Chagas disease is an infection caused by the flagellate protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.
www.beloit.edu /~biology/emgdis/papers/tropicaldisease.html   (4795 words)

 MSU entomologist appointed to unravel mysterious tropical disease
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- A tropical skin disease nicknamed "the sore that heals in vain" wreaks both physical and social mayhem — mostly on children — yet its transmission is a mystery, one an MSU researcher and his recent research associate hope to solve.
Scientists do know Buruli ulcer disease is cased by a bacterium, Mycobacterium ulcerans, found in tropical regions such as western Africa.
For those whose bodies have been ravaged by the infection, the disease's effects are life long.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2005-10/msu-mea101205.php   (781 words)

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