Transplant Infections in Developing Countries

  • Clarisse M. Machado


Developing countries located in tropical or subtropical regions have epidemiological characteristics different from developed countries with temperate climates. The former are characterized by the occurrence of endemic infections and diseases that are absent or rare in developed countries, which may not be prepared to diagnose or manage them.

As a consequence of globalization, several factors such as international commerce, tourism, immigration, among others, have acted as important features for the emergence or re-emergence in developed countries, of infectious diseases previously referred as “tropical.”

Many tropical diseases may be transmitted by transplantation and the higher rate of incident infection transmitted by organ donors compared with blood donors emphasizes the need for an international network for biovigilance of organ recipients. Thus, health professionals in the field of transplant infectious diseases need to be prepared to recognize the epidemiological risks and to manage tropical infections in transplant recipients.


Tropical diseases Transplantation Developing countries Epidemiological risk 


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