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St. Kitts-based Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to Study Transmission of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
February 09, 2017

Researchers at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross) here in St. Kitts and Nevis, have been awarded a grant to study mosquito-transmitted arbo-viruses such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika, which have emerged as global public health threats.


The grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is also intended to advance the understanding of how they may be transmitted between animals and humans.


The research will investigate whether African Green Monkeys are infected with arbo-viruses in the five ecosystems present on the island of St. Kitts, identify the mosquitoes that may be involved in the transmission of the viruses among the monkeys, and probe how the virus is spread amongst people on the island.


Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Ross University Dr. Patrick Kelly, said, “Without readily available vaccines and specific treatment for many arbo-viruses, it is critical to understand their transmission cycles in order to control the spread of the diseases they cause”


Kelly said the findings of this study could potentially help scientists who are studying the transmission dynamics of the viruses in other regions of the world, including Africa, South America and Asia.


The research is a collaborative effort with investigators at Kansas State University and the University of Georgia.


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