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Alexander Mostov

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Life cycle: Poliomyelitis

Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that can cause lifelong paralysis and muscle wasting.

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Life cycle: Leprosy

Leprosy is an ancient chronic disease that has afflicted communities across the globe for millennia.

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Infographic: Maternal and neonatal mortality

Why is pregnancy and childbirth still very dangerous for women in the developing world?

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Life cycle: Guinea worm

Guinea worm has co-evolved with humans and is completely dependent on them for survival.

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Life cycle: Malaria

If left untreated, the disease can cause death, with a higher mortality rate among pregnant women and children.

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Life cycle: Schistosomiasis

An annual drug dosage can treat the disease but it recurs when people use infected water for their daily needs.

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Life cycle: Trachoma

The infectious eye disease can be cured in its early stages yet many are blinded by it.

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Life cycle: River blindness

How infected black flies that breed in fast-flowing rivers and streams transmit the disease to humans.

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Life cycle: Rabies

The disease is 100 percent preventable and its cycle can be interrupted by vaccinating dogs.