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Dr. Glass will be on a leave of absence beginning 1 November 2012. He will continue to check email on a less regular basis. We study the maintenance and transmision dynamics of infectious agents, especially zoonotic agents. Our work includes both laboratory and field research of animal reservoir and arthropod vector populations, as well as epidemiologic studies of affected human populations. Our goal is to better understand the reasons for the emergence and persistence of infectious diseases. From a practical perspective, infectious diseases even globally important ones such as malaria, are limited in time and space. Understanding the environmental drivers of the spatio-temporal patterns and being able to identify them is critical to implementing control strategies. The world and the human population is too large to simply randomly apply intervention strategies. To do so invites the evolution of resistance in vectors and pathogens as well as wasting limited resources. Recent research has focused on rodent-borne viruses (Hantavirus, Coronavirus Dengue virus), bacteria (Leptospira, Borrelia), rickettsiae (Ehrlichia) and malaria. In addition to traditional field and laboratory studies we develop integrated statistical spatial models for disease risk assement in a spatially explicit format using geographic information systems (GIS). The GIS laboratory coordinates the study of anticipated geographic changes in infectious diseases for the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.
GIS, Remote Sensing, Hantavirus, Lyme disease, Malaria, zoonoses, rodent-borne diseases, modeling