Transmission networks of novel zoonotic hybrid schistosomes in West Africa


The major aim of this trans-disciplinary project is to elucidate the complex dynamics of novel zoonotic 
hybrid schistosomiasis transmission in West Africa using cutting edge genetics, genomics, GPS and 
UAV video tracking of host and social network modelling. We predict that recent and on-going 
anthropogenic changes, combined with shifts in human demography and animal husbandry, will lead to 
increased opportunities for inter-specific parasite interactions and pairings between human and livestock 
schistosome species resulting in introgressions and the establishment of novel zoonotic hybrids. This in 
turn will change the host range, force of transmission level, and efficacy of disease control programmes.


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Biological Areas:



Animal disease, health and welfare