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Phone: 520-626-5983
Email: GHI@email.arizona.edu
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Infectious Disease

 

Research on Dengue

The College is collaborating closely with partners in the state of Sonora to understand and prevent dengue. In 2012 we received a four-year grant from the National Institute of Health to study dengue in this region. Evidence suggests that there is a gradient of transmission across the Arizona-Sonora border region. Even though most of the urban areas have the mosquito that transmits disease some urban areas have not had dengue and some neighborhoods in cities with dengue are less affected.

Detection of Latent TB among Migrant Farmworkers

One-third of the world’s population is infected with latent TB (LTBI). Along the Mexico-Arizona border, LTBI is diagnosed using the tuberculin skin test (TST). Cross reactive responses due to BCG vaccination or environmental mycobacteria can lead to false positive results, leading to unnecessary follow-up. New methods of detection more specific than TST have been developed, such as Quantiferon TB gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT). Our objective is to demonstrate utility and feasibility of the QFT-GIT test to detect LTBI among border populations.

Solar Market Gardens in Benin

The global food crisis is having an important impact on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially among those living in areas of marginal agricultural production. This program focuses on Solar Market Garden (SMG), which is a multisectoral, integrated approach to achieving food security in vulnerable populations. The goal of the program is to design, implement, monitor and evaluate the adoption of a SMG program to enhance the nutritional status of infants and young children and their mothers through the use of solar powered drip irrigation (PVDI) systems.

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