Tuesday, 25 July 2017

UVRI-CDC Plague Programme

This project is undertaking the following research activities:

Current:

  • Evaluation of the possible intervention measures in the control of plague epidemics in Uganda. This on going study commenced in September 2007.
  • Investigation of plague mortality risk factors and field validation of rapid testing kits?

Past:

  • Alternative human plague case management (treatment) strategies conducted 2003-2005 in collaboration with CDC under FAD (USA) grant.
  • Rapid plague diagnostic kit evaluation 2003-2004 also in collaboration with CDC. However, these two projects were not fully accomplished due to poor recruitment of the true plague cases in the health centers in the affected areas. Many people still find it hard to get to the health centers and so many people die before getting there.
  • Evaluation of fleacide/rodenticides bait to control fleas/rodents and plague epidemics in Uganda (pilot study conducted in 2005) in collaboration with Genesis Lab. Colorado this was to be carried out on a large scale later.
  • Identification of the environmental risk factors for the spread of plague 2005-2007. This included identification of the rodents and fleas. This task has been accomplished in collaboration with CDC Fort Collins.

Future Plans:

We intend to continue with the evaluation of the possible intervention measures which will include among others; control of the fleas and rodents in and around people’s homesteads, making sure that people in the affected areas change the ways of storing their crop harvests in a way that does not put them at much risk of attracting rodents in and around their homes, Assessing the urban plague risk factors in some selected urban centers of Uganda that are highly in easy reach by the people of West Nile more especially Kampala.

We intend to collaborate with other stakeholders especially Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries in vertebrate pest management

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