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Infectious tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma can be compelling targets around which to rally government and community campaigns to combat these scourges. But are these programs diverting limited resources away from basic medical and preventive care?

A new analysis suggests that although these single-disease programs can go a long way toward eliminating many common tropical diseases, such intensive campaigns can also mean that “more common health problems received little attention,” the study’s authors noted in the paper, published online August 17 in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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