7 Neglected Diseases You've Never Heard Of
Well, maybe you have, but now that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is championing their cause, to the tune of a $34 million grant to fight these diseases, you just might be hearing a lot more about them. According to a recent article in Nature, many of the diseases can be prevented with better sanitation and a combination of shots. So, what are these neglected, but treatable, diseases affecting 1.4 billion people around the world?
1. Trachoma (Blinding Eye Infection) -
is "the world's leading cause of preventable blindness" and is particularly problematic for children who are susceptible and only gets more painful as the child ages. What starts out as a leaky, itchy eye, turns into blurred/scarred vision, along with ingrown eyelashes, intense inflammation and corneal clouding. It is spread through close contact with someone who has infected eyes, or through contact with flies that have come into contact with the face or nose of an infected person.