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A call to eliminate tropical diseases

A call to eliminate tropical diseases

Updated 4 February 2013, 18:25 AEDT

A new health report says thousands of people in Australia and the Pacific are infected with what are defined as Neglected Tropical Diseases or NTDs.

These are a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial infections that cause blindness or disable and disfigure the victims.

American and Australian scientists who co-authored the report are calling for a new push to cure these diseases.

The lead author is Professor Peter Hotez, President of the Sabin Vaccine institute and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

Girish Sawlani asked him to outline the problems.

Presenter: Girish Sawlani

Speaker: Professor Peter Hotez, President of the Sabin Vaccine institute and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas

Medicine in Texas, Neglected Tropical Diseases or NTDs

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