Tropical diseases encompass a range of illnesses that are prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions around the globe. A subset of pathogens in this group, Neglected Tropical Diseases, primarily affect impoverished communities and has required a global effort in the attempt to control these diseases. Many tropical diseases are caused by vector-borne pathogens such as parasites, viruses, and bacteria. These pathogens often have complex life cycles or animal reservoirs which complicate public-health efforts. One of these pathogens, Malaria, is caused by the parasite Plasmodium sp., a mosquito-borne disease that has a global impact including in the United States.