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Emerge: Emerging Diseases Epidemiology Research Training

The following grant was awarded by, is supported by, is administered by or is in partnership with the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program

Global Infectious Diseases (GID)

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Emerge: Emerging Diseases Epidemiology Research Training

Principal Institution

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Lescano, Andres G

Project Contact Information

Email: andres.lescano.g@upch.pe

Year(s) Awarded





Johns Hopkins University

Project Description

Emerging infections continue to be primary concerns in Peru, South America and the world. Zika erupted in the Americas after quietly circulating in Brazil for nearly two years with a catastrophic and yet unexplained impact on microcephaly and the overall Zika congenital syndrome. The Peruvian north coast of Peru recently suffered its largest dengue outbreak on record after the 2017 Coastal El Niño event appeared without warning, leading to nearly 70,000 cases and 89 recorded deaths. Antimicrobial resistance continues to advance worldwide despite major efforts to promote the rational use of antibiotics while Chapare arenavirus re-emerged in neighboring Bolivia just a few weeks ago. Early detection and effective response to future outbreaks of emerging diseases will required better-trained epidemiologists, in larger numbers, and present in high-risk areas.

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