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03/13/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/13/2019 19:48

CSU researcher leads study that reports reduction in malaria in Burkina Faso

Foy recently received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue this malaria research, working with the Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Sante in Burkina Faso and researchers from the Yale School of Public Health, among others.

He and a team from CSU are also using the same concept to study possible ways to reduce West Nile virus transmission in Fort Collins, Colorado by feeding wild birds ivermectin-treated bird seed.

'We have some evidence that there are fewer West Nile-infected mosquitoes after we've put out this bird seed in the field,' said Foy.

Researchers have not yet been able to investigate possible disease reduction in humans. To do that, Foy said the team would need to enroll entire neighborhoods and test people's blood for antibodies to the West Nile virus.

'We'd need so many people to do that, because the disease is less intense than malaria in West Africa,' he added.

This research on a novel West Nile virus transmission control strategy was recently published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.