Location: Foreign Animal Disease Research
Project Number: 8064-32000-057-13-N
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: May 1, 2010
End Date: Apr 30, 2015
The Ohio State University Disease Ecology and Computer Modeling Laboratory (DECML) is engaged in projects to model the transmission of infectious diseases of livestock, inclusive of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), to identify behaviors that prevent or increase risk of disease transmission in the Lake Chad Basin of Africa. This work includes modeling animal movements, zoonotic disease transmission, environmental and spatial factors related to disease transmission, molecular evolution of viruses and human factors related to animal disease incidence and persistence. ARS, PIADC will conduct genetic sequence analysis of field isolates to identify carrier animals, viral determinants and associated epidemiological information.
DECML will provide new field isolates along with detailed epidemiological information and expertise to ARS, PIADC. FMDV carrier states and viral evolution in the endemic settings will be determined through sequence analysis conducted by ARS, PIADC and results will be shared with DECML. ARS, PIADC will provide training and/or materials to the local partner laboratory (Laboratoire National Veterinaire, Garoua, Cameroon) to assist in this project.