Neglected Tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases are serious diseases that affect many people in tropical countries and which have been relatively little studied. The World Health Organisation lists the following as neglected tropical diseases: trachoma, leprosy, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, Buruli ulcer, yaws, Chagas disease, African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Dengue fever, rabies, Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), and Fascioliasis (see

The genomes of many of the organisms that cause neglected tropical diseases have been fully sequenced, or are currently being sequenced, including:

To encourage research into these organisms, many of the examples in this booklet are based on analysing these genomes.


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