Infections with biological therapy: strategies for risk minimization in tropical and developing countries

  • Carlos E. Pérez-Díaz Servicios y Asesorías en Infectología (SAI), Bogotá, Colombia
  • Erika Uribe-Pardo Servicios y Asesorías en Infectología (SAI), Bogotá, Colombia
  • Omar-Javier Calixto Servicios y Asesorías en Infectología (SAI), Bogotá, Colombia
  • Álvaro A. Faccini-Martínez Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, ES, Brazil
  • Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Keywords: autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, biological therapy, infectious diseases

Abstract

In recent decades, biological therapy has enabled disease activity control and improved quality of life in patients with autoimmune diseases. These therapies that are involved in immune response modifications and change multiple immunological pathways induce an incremental risk for certain infectious diseases. Though there have been recent advances in risk assessment for biological therapy, there is a lack of data and recommendations for assessing risks in populations with high prevalence of infectious diseases, such as those located in tropical areas and developing countries. We performed a review on infections with biological therapy as well strategies for risk minimization in areas with a high prevalence of tropical diseases.

Author Biographies

Carlos E. Pérez-Díaz, Servicios y Asesorías en Infectología (SAI), Bogotá, Colombia
Infectious Disease Department, Clínica Marly, Bogotá, Colombia.
Infectious Disease Department, Hospital de la Samaritana, Bogotá,
Álvaro A. Faccini-Martínez, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, ES, Brazil
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Doenças Infecciosas, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, ES, Brazil
Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

MD, MSc, DTM&H, FRSTM&H(Lon), FFTM RCPS(Glasg), PhD Candidate.

Advisor on Public Health, Epidemiology, Methodology and Biostatistics.

Researcher in Public Health and Tropical, Parasitic and Infectious Diseases.

Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia.

Associated Researcher Ad Honorem, Instituto de Investigaciones José Witremundo Torrealba (former Trujillan Center for Parasitological Research), Universidad de Los Andes, Trujillo, Venezuela.
Published
2016-12-30
How to Cite
1.
Pérez-Díaz CE, Uribe-Pardo E, Calixto O-J, Faccini-Martínez Álvaro A, Rodriguez-Morales AJ (2016) Infections with biological therapy: strategies for risk minimization in tropical and developing countries. J Infect Dev Ctries 10:1278-1285. doi: 10.3855/jidc.8222
Section
Reviews