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Parasites threaten human and animal health globally. It is estimated that more than 60% of people on planet Earth carry at least one parasite, many of them several different species. Unfortunately, parasite studies suffer from duplications and inconsistencies between different investigator groups. Hence, groups need to collaborate in an integrated manner in areas including parasite control, improved therapy strategies, diagnostic and surveillance tools, and public awareness. Parasite studies will be better served if there is coordinated management of field data and samples across multidisciplinary approach plans, among academic and non-academic organizations worldwide. In this paper we report the first 'Living organism-World Molecular Network', with the cooperation of 167 parasitologists from 88 countries on all continents. This integrative approach, the 'Sarcoptes-World Molecular Network', seeks to harmonize Sarcoptes epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and molecular studies from all over the world, with the aim of decreasing mite infestations in humans and animals.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.ijid.2011.01.012

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J Infect Dis

Publication Date

05/2011

Volume

15

Pages

e294 - e297

Keywords

Animals, Community Networks, Global Health, Humans, International Cooperation, Molecular Biology, Pest Control, Population Surveillance, Research, Sarcoptes scabiei, Scabies