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August symposium in Nairobi

A symposium will be held aimed at building professional connection between scientists from Kenya and the United States.

Mosquito-borne diseases account for approximately 98% of the estimated burden attributed to vector-borne infectious diseases. The greatest burden of these diseases occurs in the tropics especially sub-Saharan Africa, but developed countries are also experiencing a fair share of this burden largely due to globalization and human-mediated environmental change. The rising trend of malaria in East African highlands, and recent outbreaks of dengue and Chikungunya (CHKV) viruses in the Indian Ocean islands, and West Nile Virus (WNV) in North America are examples of ongoing range-wide expansion of mosquito-borne diseases. This symposium will discuss the environmental determinants of mosquito-borne diseases, progress and challenges towards their management, and the central role of integrated vector management (IVM) in mosquito-borne disease control programs. The major diseases to be covered include malaria, lymphatic filariasis, dengue, Rift Valley fever, CHKV and WNV. The overall goal of this conference is to build a professional connection between scientists from Kenya and the United States.

Date: Tuesday, 20th August, 2013
Time: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Venue: ESACIPAC/KEMRI Training Centre, KEMRI Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

Contact information: Sammy Njenga (snjenga@kemri.org), Ephantus Muturi (emuturi2@illinoi.edu), Evan Mathenge (emathenge@kemri.org).

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