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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

September's Editorial is from Editorial Board member Sten H Vermund et al discussing biomedical technologies for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV for adolescent girls and young women.

The Editor's choice is a freely available original research paper from Ukwaja et al looking at diagnosis delay and duration of hospitalisation of patients with Buruli ulcer in Nigeria. Their findings show patients with Buruli ulcer have very long time delays to diagnosis and long hospitalisation during treatment and the authors call for early case-finding and improved access to Buruli ulcer services in Nigeria.

This issue includes an Open Access original research paper on verbal autopsy-assigned causes of death among adults being investigated for TB in South Africa from Chihota et al. Adults being investigated for TB in South Africa experience high mortality, yet causes of death are not well defined. The authors determined causes of death in this population using verbal autopsy, and compared HIV- and TB-associated causes of death using physician-certified verbal autopsy and InterVA-4 software.

This issue also sees an observational study from Senegal from Peter Aaby et al on the sex-differential effects on mortality of BCG and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines in a rural area with high vaccination coverage. Aaby recently presented at the RSTMH's Challenges in Disease Elimination meeting. Look out for his meta-analysis testing the hypotheses of sex-differential non-specific effects of DTP vaccine in the next issue of Transactions.

What else is in this issue?

Original research papers from Mateen et al on neurocysticercosis in Bhutan: a cross-sectional study in people with epilepsy and the clinical characteristics of laboratory-confirmed leptospirosis in Okinawa, Japan, 1974–2015 from Leung et al.

Diagnostic papers looking at the impact of rapid molecular diagnostic tests on time to treatment initiation and outcomes in patients with multidrug-resistant TB in Tamil Nadu, India from Swaminathan et al, the evaluation of anti-Cathepsin L1 for serodiagnosis of human fasciolosis from Falak et al and the high frequency detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in human neonatal tissue from Libya from Hide et al.

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