Postcards from Mongolia

To investigate transmission of zoonotic diseases, 2 master’s degree candidates at Duke Global Health Institute spent 3 months in Mongolia, sleeping in tents and collecting blood and serum samples from wild and domesticated animals.
 
After collecting the samples, the students tested them in a lab for Lyme disease, spotted fever, and anaplasma, a blood disease that can cause mild fever in humans. If any of the diseases were present, the students alerted local health officials.  
 
Ensuring the health of fauna is especially important in Mongolia, where animals provide more than 1/3 of people with both sustenance and their livelihood.  
Source: DukeTODAY

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