Rift Valley Fever and Early Disease Detection

This is work I conducted with my IGERT Cohort, Vincent Cannataro, Jake FergusonAndres Garcia, and Jessica Langebrake, with our advisors, Maia Martcheva and Craig Osenberg.

Rift Valley Fever is a disease that affects animals (particularly livestock) and is spread by mosquitoes. While it is not currently in the US, many groups, such as the USDA, are worried about a possible introduction. We studied how the disease could arrive in the US, as well as the best sampling strategies to detect the disease.

We won a public choice award for our video on the possibility of Rift Valley Fever entering the US and published a paper on early detection.