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From 11 July 2016 onwards, certificates of vaccination against yellow fever are valid for life. Travelers who have a valid vaccination certificate ('yellow card') need not apply for a new one.

Social exclusion is a big obstacle to health and care for indigenous populations in South India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala), as  joint research between ITM and partner institution Institute of Public Health (IPH, Bangalore, India) confirmed.

With 1.5 million victims per year, tuberculosis is the world’s most deadly infectious disease and it is caused by various mycobacteria. One of these, Mycobacterium africanum, is responsible for up to 40% of the TB infections in West Africa.

The pilot course "Hospital-Based Interventions to Contain Antibiotic Resistance” finished Friday 1 July at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp. For two weeks 14 health care professionals from around the world were able to gain greater expertise regarding antibiotic resistance and its containment at hospital level in low-resource settings. Growing resistance to antibiotics poses a serious global threat to public health.

In 2015-2016, IPH and ITM researchers engaged with professional filmmaker Lode Desmet. The resulting ‘Health in All’ documentary makes a case for a 'Health in All' approach, starting from the realities and needs as voiced by members of tribal communities.

ITM is looking for the causes of fever during travel to the tropics. Over the next two years, Dr. Ralph Huits and his colleagues will follow thousands of volunteers before, during and after their trips to Africa, Asia and Latin America. The ITM study is the first of its kind worldwide.

Op 5 juni 1981 berichtte het Amerikaanse CDC over een groep van 5 mannen die een aantal ongewone infecties kregen, wat wees op een immuunprobleem. Na verloop van tijd kreeg de ziekte de naam 'aids', oftewel 'acquired immune deficiency syndrome', wat staat voor 'verworven immuundeficiëntiesyndroom'. ITG-onderzoekster Marie Laga vertelt in een interview van De Redactie over de huidige epidemie, de wetenschappelijke vorderingen en de uitdagingen die ons nog wachten om de epidemie te bestrijden.

A molecular diagnostic test for the Ebola Zaire virus which was co-developed by Biocartis NV, Janssen Diagnostics and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp has received Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Patrick Soentjens and Dr. Ula Maniewski are jointly coordinating the activities of the ITM’s travel clinic. They explain what travellers to Brazil should be aware of.

The discovery of penicillin has led to a sharp decline of syphilis around the world, except in Africa. In a new study, Prof. Chris Kenyon of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) describes the different rates of decline of syphilis around the world.