The rural/peri-urban interface can sustain high rodent populations, increasing the public health risks from zoonosis. The epidemiology of many zoonotic diseases is poorly understood, and management strategies have met with little success. The project will investigate the sanitary risks linked to the proximity of rodents in rural/peri-urban areas of Africa. The disease prevalence and livelihood constraints will be measured for plague, leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis, chosen for their variety of clinical manifestations and transmission routes. Ecological and anthropogenic factors responsible for transmission will be identified and the infection dynamics within the hosts and from the hosts to humans will be studied. GIS-based predictive and simulative tools will be developed for modelling transmission risks and the subsequent testing of cost-effective and sustainable control strategies aimed at reducing the sanitary risk associated with zoonosis.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
1105 AZ Amsterdam
2020 Anvers /Antwerpen