Eco-Epidemiology of Leptospirosis

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Eco-Epidemiology of Leptospirosis

Human infection with Leptospira can occur after contact with infected animals or with a contaminated environment usually associated with agricultural practices, contamination of household or recreational water, poor housing and waste disposal, and changes in the density or proximity of infected animal (rodents, domestic animals, and wildlife). The goal is this research program is to understand how leptospirosis persists and is transmitted in ecologically distinct environments and populations, to quantify the relative importance of the multiple sources of infection, and to identify optimal surveillance, response, and intervention programs. Broader impacts of this project include training of professionals in the area of emerging infectious diseases and global health, development of methodologies for studying the environmental sources of human infections, and the establishment of multinational and multidisciplinary partnerships for combating infectious diseases of global health importance.

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munozzan