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Lab, Field, & Clinic
October 3, 2012

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

JAMA. 2012;308(13):1308-1309. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.12137

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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