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Developing a Dengue Early Warning System in Coastal Urban Ecuador

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Emerging mosquito-borne viral diseases, such as dengue fever and chikungunya, present a major global health threat. To improve the ability of the public health sector to predict and prevent epidemics, researchers are developing early warning systems that integrate seasonal climate forecasts with local epidemiological information. The presenter shares research findings and lessons learned from an ongoing dengue surveillance study in Machala, Ecuador, where she and others are forming a US-Ecuador consortium to investigate climate and water-sensitive infectious diseases and develop early warning systems.

A Production of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an affiliate of the Rubenstein School for Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. The Gund Institute is a hub for transdisciplinary scholarship, based at the University of Vermont and comprising diverse faculty, students, and collaborators worldwide. Together we conduct research at the interface of ecological, social, and economic systems, develop creative, practical solutions to local and global environmental challenges, and provide future leaders with the tools and understanding necessary to navigate the transition to a sustainable society.

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