On March 2 the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 528, the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2011. The bill was first introduced in the 111th Congress by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), who reintroduced it early in the 112th Congress.
If passed, the bill would require a report to congress on the state of several parasitic infections that impact mostly poor Americans, such as Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, trichomoniasis and the soil-transmitted helminthes.
ASTMH sent a letter of support to Rep. Johnson when the bill was introduced in February. Stay tuned for more updates from ASTMH as H.R. 528 moves through the legislative process.