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Thursday, 15 December 2016

This issues features an Editorial from Editorial Board member, Gonzalo M. Vazquez-Prokopec, on Housing improvement: a novel paradigm for urban vector-borne disease control? The authors acknowledge the many challenges associated with housing improvement as a novel paradigm for urban vector-borne disease control, but this long-term approach can reach beyond vector-borne diseases to address structural problems impacting multiple aspects of urban health and, at the same time, bring the world closer to the SDG's target for safe, resilient and sustainable urban growth.

The Editor's Choice paper this month is a freely available short communication from de Silva et al looking at surveillance for transmission of lymphatic filariasis in Colombo and Gampaha districts of Sri Lanka following mass drug administration. Sri Lanka was recently declared by WHO to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem after conclusion of annual mass drug administration. The aim of this study was to assess the lymphatic filariasis situation following mass drug administration. The authors found a decline in bancroftian microfilaraemia supporting elimination, but re-emergence of brugian filariasisis which is a cause for concern.

Also freely available in this issue are two Open Access original research papers. The first, a meta-analysis from Benn et al, testing the hypotheses of sex-differential non-specific effects of DTP vaccine and whether DTP is associated with increased female mortality. The second a community seroprevalence survey for yaws and trachoma in the Western Division of Fiji from Marks et al.

What else is in the issue?

Four further original research papers: Impact of introducing subsidized combination treatment with artemether-lumefantrine on sales of anti-malarial monotherapies: a survey of private sector pharmacies in Huambo, Angola from Allan et al, An extensive burden of giardiasis associated with intestinal schistosomiasis and anaemia in school children on the shoreline of Lake Albert, Uganda from Stothard et al, Single nucleotide polymorphisms of IFNγ (+874 A/T) and IFNγR1 (−56 C/T) in Iranian patients with TB from Khani et al, and Leishmania recombinant antigen modulates macrophage effector function facilitating early clearance of intracellular parasites from Ratna and Arora.

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