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Johns Hopkins: Researcher Awarded $1.7 Million Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Study Global Cholera Burden and Transmission Modeling

Dr. Justin Lessler, an associate professor in the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a $1.7 million, three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study cholera burden and transmission modeling worldwide.

Dr. Lessler’s research will support the targeted delivery of cholera vaccines in hotspots throughout the endemic countries to help decrease cholera cases and deaths. This research also supports the World Health Organization’s Global Task Force on Cholera Control’s plans to eliminate cholera as a global health threat by 2030.

Cholera, an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the Vibro cholerae bacterium, remains a global threat affecting an estimated 2.8 million people worldwide every year, and causing an estimated 91,000 annual deaths in endemic countries such as India, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Yemen. Fortunately, cholera can be controlled with access to clean water and sanitation facilities, as well as oral cholera vaccinations.

Dr. Lessler’s research focuses on the development and application of statistics, dynamic models, and novel study designs to better understand and control infectious disease, including influenza, measles, and cholera.

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