News Release: Research

Sep. 29,  2009

Microbes in the Mist

Gorilla Vet Tracks Germs for Global Health

News Article ImagePhoto by Innocent Rwego

From eScienceCommons

Microbes in the mist
 
Innocent Rwego grew up in Uganda, near the habitat of endangered mountain gorillas. He became a gorilla veterinarian, and is now an Emory post-doctoral fellow, studying how the overlap of humans, domestic animals and wildlife contributes to the transmission of disease and parasites.
 
The work is important to global health. While the H1N1 flu outbreak started in pigs, ebola and HIV have been linked to wild primates, which are also susceptible to human diseases.
 
“I care about the health of all animals – including man,” Rwego says.

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