USSR collapse heralds rise of tropical disease

NEGLECTED tropical diseases (NTDs) appear to be rising in those landlocked countries established after the Soviet Union collapsed, observers warn.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have faced 20 years of deteriorating health infrastructure, with malaria causing a challenge in some regions.

Helminth infections – associated with cognitive delay in children – as well cases of cystic echinococcosis (a tapeworm spread by dogs and sheep) – also pose a rising threat.

“Today several NTDs remain widespread in Central Asia or may have even increased in prevalence

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