Neglected Diseases

Neglected Diseases PLOS Medicine's Neglected Diseases section began with the launch of the journal in October 2004. Up until February 2008, the section focused on tropical infectious diseases, such as Buruli ulcer, trachoma, and hookworm. A list of the 21 articles published from October 2004 to February 2008 can be found in the Supporting Information section of our February 2008 Editorial. With the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases in October 2007, the focus of the Neglected Diseases section of PLOS Medicine shifted from tropical diseases to other health problems that could be considered neglected and that have a significant global burden (such as reproductive and maternal health problems, mental illness in low- and middle-income countries, road traffic injuries, and health problems related to migration and conflict.). Read the February 2008 Editorial for information about the section.

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Hookworm: “The Great Infection of Mankind”

  • Peter J Hotez mail,

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  • Jeff Bethony,
  • Maria Elena Bottazzi,
  • Simon Brooker,
  • Paulo Buss
  • Published: March 29, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020067

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Competing Interests

PJH and MEB are inventors on an international patent application (PCT/US02/33106, filed November 11, 2002) entitled “Hookworm Vaccine.” PJH is also Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Pfizer Fellowships in Infectious Diseases. The other authors declare that they have no competing interests.