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Project Spotlight: Ectoparasite Surveillance in Mongolia 

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Project Spotlight: Ectoparasite Surveillance in Mongolia

 

Project Overview

NAMRU-2’s mission is to monitor and characterize emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of military and public health importance and to develop mitigation strategies against these threats in partnership with host nation, international and U.S. agencies in Southeast Asia. To accomplish our mission, NAMRU-2 contracts with the private sector for management, administration and labor for our operations and field research.

Program Activity

To continue research following the established methodologies from, “Vector Mapping of Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens of Mongolia” (GEIS P0133_19_AF & GEIS P0150_20_N2_08.01)”, and to expand surveillance collections to encompass host-vector relationships. This research requires site selections, development of partnerships, pathogen identification, and ectoparasite collections. Work shall be conducted with local sub-contractors to have ectoparasite collected from various locations throughout Mongolia.

Vysnova’s Work

  • In collaboration with NAMRU-2, Vysnova Partners shall provide supervisory, administrative, and logistical support to execute the protocol. In addition, Vysnova shall provide the necessary personnel, materials, equipment, consumables, facilities, licenses – and all other direct and indirect costs associated with this project.
  • Ensure morphological identification of vector host species, ticks, and other ectoparasite species are conducted using peer-reviewed identification keys and laboratory practices identified in the literature as “gold standard” and vetted by the regional experts with final approval from NAMRU-2 or AFRIMS. Molecular methods of identification shall be used when indicated.
  • Ensure pathogen screening using molecular and/or viral techniques for the detection of ectoparasite-associated pathogens from the host and arthropod specimens are done using peer-reviewed methods and laboratory practices identified in the literature as “gold standard” and vetted by the regional expert with final approval from NAMRU-2 or AFRIMS.