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Afgaande op berichten op de sociale media is Vlaanderen nog steeds volledig in de ban van Cordon. Zo erg zelfs, dat mensen het liefst die hoestende vrouw op de trein of de niezende man op de tram vermijden. Hou ten alle tijde twee armlengtes afstand, dat idee. Maar hoe worden virussen nu juist overgedragen?

One small insect sting can have devastating consequences. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in the tropics die of diseases transmitted by flies, mosquitos or ticks.  Many of these diseases were present in our regions too and today they knock on Europe’s doors once again.

HIV has become a chronic disease. A lifelong strict adherence to treatment is necessary. Health systems in Southern Africa are not equipped to maintain an unprecedented large number of patients in life-long treatment. Alternatives are therefore urgently needed.

Virussen kunnen gruwelijke gevolgen hebben, maar het zijn ook fascinerende fenomenen voor een wetenschapper. Viroloog aan het woord.

“Addressing global health inequalities is not a matter of a one-time effort. It requires the same commitment as at the national level: balancing and perseverance. Until we change our attitude to global governance and cooperation, our country will remain part of the problem."

For the past five years, Erika Vlieghe has been mapping invasive bacterial infections such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella - and their resistance patterns in Cambodia. Due to a lack of knowledge in this area, many people die of bacterial infections in this impoverished country.

Op 5 februari zijn de nieuwe resultaten over de prevalentie van vrouwelijke genitale verminkingen in  België gepresenteerd. Het onderzoek werd uitgevoerd door het Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde op verzoek van de Federale Overheidsdienst Volksgezondheid.

Nutrition programmes by foreign donors in Africa are generally focused on treatment and technical solutions, like vitamin and mineral supplementation. But African researchers and policy makers ask for community-based interventions to prevent, rather than only remedy, nutritional problems. They also want Africa to take charge of research priorities to beat malnutrition and hunger.

The Asian tiger mosquito has travelled around the world in used car tyres and ‘lucky bamboo’ plants. This year the mosquito, which can transfer viruses like dengue or chikungunya, has arrived in Belgium. Public health risks are low for the time being, because it is unclear whether the mosquito can survive the winter.

Between 25 November and 6 December, ITM organised the “Latin-American training workshop on molecular epidemiology applied to infectious diseases” at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.