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Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health spring semester

Time has flown by and the Spring 2017 Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health course ended on a high note. In the last two weeks of the course, students worked enthusiastically on their independent research projects in which they had the chance to put into practice all the new knowledge they gained throughout the semester. Three projects were developed this semester: Assessment of Chagas disease risk and management following educational flyer distribution in Puerto Viejo, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica; Identifying and evaluating home remedies used to treat Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in a rural community in Costa Rica; and, Effect of Climate and Forest Type on Sandfly Distribution and the Prevalence of Leishmania sp. in Sandfly Populations at La Selva Research Station, Costa Rica. Students spent many hours in the field and the laboratory to complete their projects.

Some of the findings included a relatively high rate of infection by Trypanosoma cruzi in wild vectors of Chagas disease, the preference for sand flies to look for blood sources at high altitudes within the forest, and the use of plants and other non-conventional products (such as shoe polish paste) to treat the skin lesions caused by cutaneous Leishmaniasis. Results of the research projects were presented at a poster session at La Selva Research Station. Costa Rican university students, researchers and staff from La Selva, and community members, made for a well-attended event in which the Tropical Diseases students showed their work and interacted with the participants, discussing their research and answering questions, all in Spanish!

Last Updated ( 06/14/17 )
 
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