• Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
                                      

Neglected Tropical Diseases

World Health Organization has identified several diseases as 'Neglected Tropical Disaeses (NTD)', among which vector borne diseases (Dengue, Chikungunya, Leishmaniasis, Lymphatic filariasis), Leprosy, Rabies, foodborne trematodiases, Soil-transmitted helminth infections and Taeniasis/ Cysticercosis are of major concern to India. Dengue, Chikungunya, lymphatic filariasis have become major problems in many parts of Karnataka and neighbouring states. Japanese encepahaliitis (JE) has been causing epidemics in several parts of Karnataka and more recently Kysaniur forest disease (KFD) has invaded the villages of Goa-Karnataka border areas. Moreover, Rickettsial infections are re-emerging in many parts of Karnataka as a result of environmental changes, and Malaria is endemic to many districts of the State. In view of this, the Centre has conducting and planned to take up epidemiological studies on some of these diseases viz., malaria, lymhatic filariasis, dengue and JE. Different diagnostic facilities for these diseases have been established at the Centre and is providing these services to State Health Departments, Medical Institutions and Hospitals, regularly. The Centre is also working on developing diagnostics for some of these diseases. The Centre participated in the 'Transmission Assessment Survey (TAS)' for Lymaphtic Filariasis under the National Elimination Programme, conducted by the NVBDCP in Udupi Dist. A study on the antifilarial immune status of the endemic communities in Bijapur dist., in collaboration with Medical School, Illinois University, Illinois, USA was undertaken. The Centre also conducted a study to investigate the occurrence of strains/genotypes of Lymaphtic Filarial parasite, Wuchereria bancrofti in two endemic dists of Nepal, in collaboration with Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

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