Department of Microbiology

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Emerging Infectious Diseases Research

Zoonotic transmission of infectious agents is a major cause of human morbidity and mortality. With increased human population, environmental destruction, ease of international travel and commerce, and break downs in the public health system, emerging infectious diseases are becoming increasingly important. Concerns about bioterrorism have also increased. NIH has greatly increased research support for work on bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, and a large number of Penn investigators study viral, parasitic, and bacterial pathogens that are classified as emerging infectious diseases or are possible bioterrorism weopons. A number of Penn investigators study smallpox or viruses that cause hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and Dengue. Other topics of research include West Nile virus, Yellow fever virus, anthrax, toxoplasma gondii, and schsitosomiasis.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania

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