Fighting Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Dear Notre Dame Family,

When Zika swept through South and Central America last year, the world watched in horror as pictures of those affected hit the news. But for the citizens of Belize, they experienced the virus firsthand.

The Belize Ministry of Health was interested in partnerships to further understand and prevent this and other illnesses. It worked with Notre Dame, which has experts who have studied mosquitos in the country for decades, as well as the Mayo Clinic, whose team helps diagnose patients. The resulting five-year collaboration is tackling the issue of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases head-on.

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