Editors: Milena de Paiva Cavalcanti, Valéria Rêgo Alves Pereira, Alain Joseph Jacques Dessein

Tropical Diseases: An Overview of Major Diseases Occurring in the Americas

eBook: US $39 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $255
Printed Copy: US $236
Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-68108-588-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-587-6 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810858761170101


Tropical Diseases: An Overview of Major Diseases Occurring in the Americas offers an overview of neglected tropical diseases found in the Americas. Information in the book addresses the understanding of challenges faced in controlling these diseases and brings new insight on many important aspects of these diseases. Chapters of this volume explore many related topics, including epidemiological data, immune response and pathogenesis, and the current methods for diagnosis and treatment, thus providing a useful resource for readers (undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students as well as biologists and medical researchers).

Key features of this book include:

  • - clear and objective topic-by-topic information on tropical diseases in the American region with additional information about diseases in other regions
  • - useful knowledge for research projects and clinical practice written by experienced health professionals
  • - coverage of several diseases such as cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis (Kala-azar), Chagas disease, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, dengue fever, bacterial infections, fungal systemic infection and tuberculosis.
  • - information on key strategies for disease control including improved diagnostics, in silico drug development and vaccine control
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Upon receiving a proposal for writing a book, my first thought was to bring current information in research activities for graduate students from all walks of Health, as well as for professionals who deal with daily difficulties in their work routine in countries where neglected diseases are endemic. I would like to show that alternatives for the treatment, diagnosis and control of these diseases exist, being necessary to promote the translation of scientific knowledge into practical applications. In addition to the need to overcome political barriers however, the latter are out of our reach. The eBook will present a content of interest to several areas, including diagnosis, therapy, vaccinology, immunology and molecular biology, aimed at tropical diseases.

The chapters will address various topics. Parasites and other microorganisms responsible for causing a variety of human and non-human diseases, of varying gravities, in both new and old worlds will be studied. In addition, the distribution and adaptation these different organisms in tropical and subtropical countries, as well as the usual habitats of vectors that favour contamination of poor neglected populations and the increasing expansion to periurban and urban areas, with different social and economic development will discussed.

Different methodologies, antigens, molecular targets and vaccine approaches will be detailed and discussed; its advantages and disadvantages, and the various applications including bioinformatics tools used for these surveys.

I hope that this book can help stimulate health professionals, whether medical, biologist, veterinarians, nurses, biomedical, among others, to implement control measures or initiate and continue studies aimed at improving the quality of life of affected populations. Scientific alternatives exist but, need to be associated with political actions; the sanitary education, the minimum conditions of food and housing.

All scientific knowledge generated by a privileged part of the world's population that has access to develop the intellect must be applied to the strengthening and sustainability of all. I hope that the addition of the informations placed in this book can contribute to spread these ideas.

Milena de Paiva Cavalcanti
Researcher at the Immunology Department of Aggeu Magahães Research Center,
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz),
Recife, Pernambuco,


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