Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tropical Diseases Are Exclusively of Developing Countries: Think Again

Source: NY Times
Tropical diseases are associated with poverty and seen only in developing countries, or so the thinking goes. Here is contrary perspective written by Dr. Peter Hotez, the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Of note, tropical diseases disproportionately affect Americans living in poverty, and  thrive in the warm climate of the south. Contact with mosquitos and other insects, poor sanitation and lack of access to healthcare all heavily burden the poor.  

This is not exclusively a Third World phenomenon.


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