Detecting Cholera in Water Sources
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a major cholera outbreak affected 2 million people, resulting in 150,000 deaths. Seasonal outbreaks continue to ravage the population, particularly young children and pregnant women. For successful cholera eradication, multilateral efforts must move beyond reactive treatment of infected patients to implement proactive detection and treatment of environmental transmission sources. Drs Kinzer-Ursem, Linnes and Wereley are developing a rapid diagnostic testing platform that provides rapid (<30 min) and sensitive detection of V. cholerae from water sources. The goal is to provide governments and aid organizations with time-resolved and location-specific data with which they can make informed decisions about medical care and water remediation resource distribution. With support from the Vodafone Foundation field testing in Haiti is beginning in Fall 2017.
Local Partners: Emerging Pathogens Institute, Gressier Haiti