PLoS Currents

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ISSN / EISSN : 21573999 / 21573999
Current Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS) (10.1371)
Total articles ≅ 681
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Published: 3 December 2018
PLoS Currents; doi:10.1371/currents

Maimuna S. Majumder, Emily L. Cohn, Mauricio Santillana, John S. Brownstein
Published: 1 November 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.outbreaks.1d0c9c5c01de69dfbfff4316d772954f

Abstract:Introduction: Between August and November 2017, Madagascar reported nearly 2500 cases of plague; the vast majority of these cases were pneumonic, resulting in early exponential growth due to person-to-person transmission. Though plague is endemic in Madagascar, cases are usually bubonic and thus result in considerably smaller annual caseloads than those observed from August–November 2017.
Joseph Kimuli Balikuddembe, Paul Sinclair
Published: 30 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.dis.646967e849bc40bfb5d9cd54b66a2eee

Abstract:Introduction: Uganda remains seismically vulnerable to earthquakes, which constitute one of the most deadly naturally triggered disasters in the world. This is not surprising given the country’s location in the East African Rift Valley System.
Severine Frison, James Smith, Karl Blanchet
Published: 30 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.dis.40805a591152be1c1431b5dab43e516d

Abstract:Background: In 1997, the pursuit of greater accountability and effectiveness in humanitarian response prompted a multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop a set of indicators and standards to guide humanitarian practitioners, published later in the form of the Sphere Handbook. Twenty years after the first edition of the Handbook was developed, and in order to guide the 2018 revision, an assessment of the evidence base for current Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Nutrition, and Health Action indicators, as compared to evidence collated by the 2015 LSHTM Humanitarian Health Evidence Review (HHER), was conducted.
Aderita Sena, Carlos Freitas, Patrícia Feitosa Souza, Fernando Carneiro, Tais Alpino, Marcel Pedroso, Carlos Corvalan, Christovam Barcellos
Published: 29 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.dis.c226851ebd64290e619a4d1ed79c8639

Abstract:The objective of this study was to understand and assess the perception of communities, organized civil society, health professionals, and decision-makers of several governmental institutions, regarding vulnerabilities and health impacts in drought prone municipalities of Brazil. This study was carried out through a qualitative investigation in eight municipalities in the Brazilian Semiarid region. Data collection was done through semi-structure and structure interviews, and discussion with local actors, which included communities groups, health professionals, governmental managers and organized civil society. The results point to the local actors’ concerns and to the fragility of the health sector in the planning of integrated actions directed towards risks and impacts associated with drought conditions on human health. The lack of a specific knowledge contributes to making invisible the process that determines the impacts of drought on health, leading to an acceptance of drought in those municipalities, reducing the capacity of the health system to respond to droughts. drought, vulnerability, risks, health, perception, Brazilian Semiarid, resilience
Mathula Thangarajh, Christopher F. Spurney, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Paula R. Clemens, Eric P. Hoffman, Craig M. McDonald, Erik K. Henricson, CINRG investigators
Published: 17 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/

Abstract:Introduction: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common X-linked neuromuscular condition manifested by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, cardiopulmonary involvement and cognitive deficits. Neurodevelopmental symptoms and signs are under-appreciated in this population despite the recognition that cognition has a major impact on quality-of-life. We describe the neurodevelopmental needs in a large cohort of young boys with DMD from the DMD Natural History Study (DNHS). We explore the association between neurodevelopmental needs and DMD mutation location, and with glucocorticoid use.
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Published: 10 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.outbreaks.9934c8779f27f8fa6e4d59d3197dff85

Yasir Elfatih Abdelrahim Elsanousi, Abbas Suleiman Elmahi, Irene Pereira, Michel Debacker
Published: 8 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.dis.8267b8917b47bc12ff3a712fe4589fe1

Abstract:Background: Heavy rain hit Sudan in August 2013 with subsequent flash floods in different parts of the country. This study investigated the impact of the flooding on incidence of malaria in Almanagil Locality in central Sudan.
Cameron Kaiser, Ramon Leon, Karen Craven
Published: 1 October 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.dis.f272fef04c7222a546e03450221a69d1

Abstract:Introduction: Disasters with substantial impacts to the health care and public health systems can have multiple reverberating effects, including the need to alter the medical standard of care as well as centrally control scarce medical resources. A current crisis care plan can help to establish an ethical and operational framework for stakeholders before such a disaster takes place. However, there are few examples of such a plan that cover large areas and health jurisdictions. This article describes the process of developing such a “Crisis Care Plan.”
Pablo Noel Perez-Guzman, Luiz Carlos Junior Alcantara, Uri Obolski, Maricelia M. De Lima, Elizabeth A. Ashley, Frank Smithuis, Peter Horby, Richard J. Maude, Zaw Lin, Aye Mon Mon Kyaw, et al.
Published: 28 September 2018
PLoS Currents, Volume 10; doi:10.1371/currents.outbreaks.7a6c64436a3085ebba37e5329ba169e6

Abstract:In South East Asia, mosquito-borne viruses (MBVs) have long been a cause of high disease burden and significant economic costs. While in some SEA countries the epidemiology of MBVs is spatio-temporally well characterised and understood, in others such as Myanmar our understanding is largely incomplete. Here, we use a simple mathematical approach to estimate a climate-driven suitability index aiming to better characterise the intrinsic, spatio-temporal potential of MBVs in Myanmar. Results show that the timing and amplitude of the natural oscillations of our suitability index are highly informative for the temporal patterns of DENV case counts at the country level, and a mosquito-abundance measure at a city level. When projected at fine spatial scales, the suitability index suggests that the time period of highest MBV transmission potential is between June and October independently of geographical location. Higher potential is nonetheless found along the middle axis of the country and in particular in the southern corridor of international borders with Thailand. This research complements and expands our current understanding of MBV transmission potential in Myanmar, by identifying key spatial heterogeneities and temporal windows of importance for surveillance and control. We discuss our findings in the context of Zika virus given its recent worldwide emergence, public health impact, and current lack of information on its epidemiology and transmission potential in Myanmar. The proposed suitability index here demonstrated is applicable to other regions of the world for which surveillance data is missing, either due to lack of resources or absence of an MBV of interest.