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Neglected Infectious Diseases: Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Disease # of Cases Worldwide Areas of Prevalence


807 Million Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Americas

Buruli Ulcer

Unknown West Africa

Chagas' Disease

8-9 Million Americas

Dengue Fever

50 Million South America, Africa

Guinea Worm

25,000 Africa, Middle East, India


576 Million Asia, Africa, Americas

Sleeping Sickness

300,000 - 500,000 Africa


12 million Indian Subcontinent, Americas, Middle East


259,000 New Cases Annually Central and Southern Africa, India, Brazil, Nepal


Unknown Americas

Lymphatic Filariasis

120 million India, Sub-Saharan Africa

River Blindness

37 Million



50,000 Deaths per Year India, Asia, Africa


>200 Million

Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Americas


84 Million Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, India, Southeast Asia


604 Million Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Americas


Adapted from Hotez, P.J. "Forgotten People, Forgtten Diseases: The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development" ASM Press (2008)

Photos: Parasite Image Library, DPDx, Laboratory Identification of Parasites of Public Health Concern (CDC) -

CDC = Centers for Disease Control
WHO = World Health Organization

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