Tropical Infectious Diseases: Still Here, Still Raging, Still Killing   [open pdf - 423KB]

From the Document: "In our time of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], practically every public health agency--from local and state health departments, to the U.S. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], to the WHO [World Health Organization]--has concentrated its efforts on slowing SARS-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome-2] coronavirus transmission. This occurred initially through nonpharmaceutical interventions and then, in the second year of the pandemic, through administering vaccinations. Despite these efforts, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-2021 have been devastating. The most recent estimates from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington indicate that up to 6.5 million people will have lost their lives from COVID-19 by the end of 2021. Tragically, the deaths and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost over this period will extend beyond the direct effects of SARS-2 coronavirus. For instance, in the United States and globally, the ensuing social disruptions slowed or even halted childhood vaccination programs. Although childhood vaccinations are rebounding as waves of the COVID-19 epidemic pass, one worry is that all of the antivaccine aggression now directed at COVID-19 vaccines may spill over to other programs. In such a case, we might not achieve pre-pandemic immunization levels for many months or even years; we might experience resurgence of measles and other vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Another concern is the diversion of global health programs toward COVID-19 at the expense of tropical infectious diseases such as the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and malaria."

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American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2021), v.105 no.6, p. 1435-1436
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