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Emerging Infectious Disease Research News

Global Health Program staff in Myanmar hold a wrinkle lipped bat
Jul. 14, 2021
Dr. Suzan Murray, director of the Smithsonian Global Health Program, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on zoonotic diseases and outbreak investigations. 
Scientists from Smithsonian's Global Health Program taking samples from a bumble bee bat in Myanmar.
Apr. 09, 2020
Researchers with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program have discovered six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar — the first time these viruses have been detected anywhere in the world. Future...
Suzan Murray sits at a table with a piece of paper in her hand
Mar. 05, 2020
Dr. Suzan Murray, head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program testifies on zoonotic disease transmission.
A dog with a chain collar and leash stands beside a person's legs. The person is petting the dog's head.
Dec. 26, 2019
In October, Global Health Program veterinary fellows participated in the annual Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign in Laikipia County, Kenya, which aims to eradicate (or completely eliminate) the...
A group of George Mason University students pose in front of a Mount Kenya National Park World Heritage Area building
Oct. 05, 2018
George Mason University students recently traveled to the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya to work with Smithsonian scientists as part of a course on emerging infectious disease.
A group of George Mason University undergrad students pose for a photo in the field in Kenya
Aug. 20, 2018
Twenty undergraduate students from George Mason University joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Global Health Program in the field from July 31 to Aug. 13, 2018.
Flying Fox
Jul. 06, 2018
SCBI scientists are using innovative GPS tracking collars to better understand the flight patterns of Myanmar's flying foxes.
Tenasserim Mountain bent-toed gecko on a rock
Apr. 12, 2017
Smithsonian scientists have discovered two new gecko species, the Lenya banded bent-toed gecko and Tenasserim Mountain bent-toed gecko, in the little-studied lowland forests of Myanmar.
Testing Rodents
Mar. 31, 2017
The Smithsonian’s Global Health Program is conducting viral surveillance in Myanmar for the USAID|PREDICT program, a worldwide effort to detect viruses that may pose a danger to public health. The...
Bats flying over a tree in Myanmar
Jan. 19, 2017
Where and when will the next global health crisis occur? As part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threat program, PREDICT, scientists in Smithsonian’s Global Health Program are on the ground in Myanmar,...
Dr. Yaoyao Mathura and Dr. Marc Valitutto examine an endangered big-headed turtle.
Nov. 14, 2016
On Nov. 7 2016, approximately 800 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) were confiscated from Chinese traders arrested in Tachileik, Myanmar. Dr. Marc Valitutto of Smithsonian Global Health...
four researchers wearing coveralls and masks standing in a forest
Oct. 14, 2016
Smithsonian's Global Health Program (SGHP), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PREDICT program, aims to strengthen developing countries’ ability to detect, control and...
Dr. Kali Holder examines rhino histology slides in Nairobi, Kenya.
Oct. 14, 2016
When a mysterious disease emerged in Kenyan black and white rhinos, Dr. Kali Holder headed Kenya to examine samples and train technicians in sample processing, hoping to discover clues to the cause...