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house Bill H.R. 3460

Should Programs to Address Neglected Tropical Diseases Be Expanded?

Argument in favor

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect nearly one-third of the global population. These diseases negatively impact families’ economic stability, affect children’s ability to attend school, and hamper countries’ economic growth. They trap communities in a cycle of poverty and can contribute to global conflicts that affect everyone.

jimK's Opinion
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12/02/2019
With global warming, the spread of these diseases to other areas is almost certain. Yes an ounce of prevention is still worth the tons of cure required if they were to spread to populations with no prior exposure or anti-body immunity. This is not only humanitarian issue, it is a huge economic issue as well.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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12/03/2019
A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The tropical diseases are migrating towards the poles. As the globe warms, mosquitoes will roam beyond their current habitats, shifting the burden of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya and West Nile virus. In 2009, dengue emerged in south Florida and infected more than 60 people. Another disease, Chikungunya, may also set up shop in the United States. The disease's name means "that which bends up" in the Makonde language in East Africa, since the afflicted are often contorted from joint pains. The disease spreads through mosquitoes, particularly the Asian tiger mosquito, an invasive species that is expanding from the southeastern United States and may reach as far north as New York. The annual first frost tends to kill off mosquitoes, ticks and flies, but warmer temperatures are delaying frosts and pushing the frost line farther north. That creates the potential for year-round disease transmission in some parts of the country.
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davidf's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Diseases that affect 1/3 of the population of earth is a huge problem. As the climate changes it is likely these diseases will spread and become more problematic. The fact that they are easily treatable in developed countries points to public health programs as likely solutions which are most effectively implemented along with economic development.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. has already significantly increased its attention to NTDs over the past decade through increased spending and charging a number of government agencies with addressing this challenge. It has already made addressing NTDs part of U.S. foreign policy and made funding available for this effort, there’s no need for this legislation.

JTJ's Opinion
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12/03/2019
We are by far the most generous country in the world, and the world takes advantage of us. We need to cut spending, and taxes. Let individual citizens decide what causes they want to support.
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Matthew's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Let the market do the research. Not a function of government. Where in the constitution does it grant congress the power to fund research?
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Not a problem for the federal government. Private companies need to look into this... surely regulated by the FDA, but this is as far as the government should be invovled.
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    With global warming, the spread of these diseases to other areas is almost certain. Yes an ounce of prevention is still worth the tons of cure required if they were to spread to populations with no prior exposure or anti-body immunity. This is not only humanitarian issue, it is a huge economic issue as well.
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    We are by far the most generous country in the world, and the world takes advantage of us. We need to cut spending, and taxes. Let individual citizens decide what causes they want to support.
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    A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The tropical diseases are migrating towards the poles. As the globe warms, mosquitoes will roam beyond their current habitats, shifting the burden of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya and West Nile virus. In 2009, dengue emerged in south Florida and infected more than 60 people. Another disease, Chikungunya, may also set up shop in the United States. The disease's name means "that which bends up" in the Makonde language in East Africa, since the afflicted are often contorted from joint pains. The disease spreads through mosquitoes, particularly the Asian tiger mosquito, an invasive species that is expanding from the southeastern United States and may reach as far north as New York. The annual first frost tends to kill off mosquitoes, ticks and flies, but warmer temperatures are delaying frosts and pushing the frost line farther north. That creates the potential for year-round disease transmission in some parts of the country.
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    Diseases that affect 1/3 of the population of earth is a huge problem. As the climate changes it is likely these diseases will spread and become more problematic. The fact that they are easily treatable in developed countries points to public health programs as likely solutions which are most effectively implemented along with economic development.
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    Yes we need to fight these Diseases where they are and when they originate rather than fighting them in America. It’s money well spent.
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    I’m in agreement with the analysis provided by @jimK - an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, and in this case, a ton. Global warming associated with climate change can and probably will produce unplanned results that we haven’t even yet anticipated. Looking proactively forward is part of our responsibility to ourselves and as a leading nation. I only wish that, with so many potential health and economic problems both known and unknown linked to climate change, we as a united nation would accept rather than deny it, and work toward combating it with a unified effort shared by other countries - if we all share the same planet then we all share the same future.
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    There is no question that it should be funded. You can travel through out the world in hours. Diseases can now travel around the world by contaminated traveler not even knowing he/she is carrying. It is not only to our advantage but the entire world.
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    We are global like it or not. What impacts others will likely impact us.
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    According to Countable, 1/3 of the world is affected by these diseases. They must be dealt with accordingly. It obviously will use up money, but it’s something worth solving. Health issues and disease are an ever growing problem nowadays.
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    It will come home to roost in everyone’s backyard. Be proactive, provide treatment for all. When I look back at the aids virus and knowing it could have been prevented from spreading to the mass population I am angry at the GOP, the religious zealots in the church pews, and Ronald Reagan. They buried their heads in the sand out of pure ignorance. Provide treatment, be PROACTIVE.
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    The right to health is a human right. By being a world power , it is in the best interest of the United States to lead an example to help toward human health and the eradication of diseases around the world.
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    To those America Firsters, global warming is going to bring these diseases to our doorstep much sooner than we think. AND there isn’t any wall that can keep them away. Wouldn’t it be be prudent to play defense?
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    Diseases have no borders. Diseases do not attack based upon nationality. Diseases spread. As the world warms, diseases will become more deadly. It behooves every country with the resources to prevent disease, to take action. I believe the USA should lead this effort.
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    These are human beings we’re talking about. Yes!
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    Neglected tropical diseases are a rarity in USA. Let's keep it that way! There is a need to expand NTD programs outside the USA, in order to prevent them from reaching the USA.
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    This is something that should have been done a long time ago but with climate chance those tropical disease are going to find home over larger areas. Sooner than we want the US may see diseases that have never been here before.
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    It is up to the USA to assist the ‘poorer’ nations on the planet.
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    Yes we need to help eradicate diseases that threaten humans
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    Co-sponsor this bill!
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