Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers: neglected tropical diseases?

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2012;6(6):e1546 DOI 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001546

 

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Journal Title: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

ISSN: 1935-2727 (Print); 1935-2735 (Online)

Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Special situations and conditions: Arctic medicine. Tropical medicine | Medicine: Public aspects of medicine

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Adam MacNeil
Pierre E Rollin

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Time From Submission to Publication: 23 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) and Marburg hemorrhagic fever (MHF) are rare viral diseases, endemic to central Africa. The overall burden of EHF and MHF is small in comparison to the more common protozoan, helminth, and bacterial diseases typically referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). However, EHF and MHF outbreaks typically occur in resource-limited settings, and many aspects of these outbreaks are a direct consequence of impoverished conditions. We will discuss aspects of EHF and MHF disease, in comparison to the "classic" NTDs, and examine potential ways forward in the prevention and control of EHF and MHF in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as examine the potential for application of novel vaccines or antiviral drugs for prevention or control of EHF and MHF among populations at highest risk for disease.