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New Programs Take Aim at Neglected Tropical Diseases in the United States

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2012;308(13):1308-1309. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.12137.
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On the outskirts of Houston, Laila Woc-Colburn, MD, DTM&H, director of the clinic at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, routinely sees patients with infections most physicians would associate with the developing world.

“We see a lot of diseases I learned how to treat in my home country of Guatemala,” she said. Since the clinic opened in October 2011, she and her colleagues have treated patients with such diseases as Chagas disease, cysticercosis, elephantiasis, and leishmaniasis.

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Physicians from Baylor College of Medicine (left to right) Roberto Andrade, MD; Jose Serpa-Alvarez, MD; Laila Woc-Colburn, MD, and Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, meet to discuss a case at the tropical medicine clinic at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston.

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