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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Plague: Past, Present, and Future

  • Nils Chr Stenseth mail,

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  • Bakyt B Atshabar,
  • Mike Begon,
  • Steven R Belmain,
  • Eric Bertherat,
  • Elisabeth Carniel,
  • Kenneth L Gage,
  • Herwig Leirs,
  • Lila Rahalison
  • Published: January 15, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050003

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NCS declares that he is the project leader of the research contract number ICA 2-CT2000-10046 granted from the European Commission INCO-COPERNICUS programme for the STEPICA project that has contributed research on the ecology of plague in Central Asia; BBA, MB, EC, and HL participated in the same project. MB declares that he is the project leader of the research contract number 063576/Z/01/Z granted from the Wellcome Trust. SRB declares that he is the technical coordinator and project leader of research contract number ICA4 2002 10056 granted from the European Commission INCO-DEV programme for the RATZOOMAN project that has contributed to research on the ecology of plague in southern Africa. HL declares that he participated in the same project and that he is holding a research grant from the Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders) to investigate the distribution of plague in Africa.