Foy said there's a lack of evidence of ivermectin’s effect against SARS-CoV-2.
As a veterinary microbiologist at Colorado State University, Anna Fagre is used to studying viruses in animals. But over the last six months, Fagre and scientists like her have been consumed by the opposite problem: stopping humans from passing a deadly virus on to animals.
Bats and humans depend on the caves that pockmark the Mount Elgon caldera in eastern Uganda, making it the perfect field site to study human-bat interactions and emerging viral pathogens.
Detection of nucleic acid in bats in the wild indicates that they are naturally infected or exposed through the bite of infected mosquitoes.
A chat with Dr. Rushika Perera, an associate professor of virology and the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Alex Bailey, a member of the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a third-year student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
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Anna Fagre: "It’s always concerning when you find a pathogen in wildlife that can make both the animals and people sick. It becomes a risk for wildlife conservation and public health."
Bringing together talented scientists in one state-of-the-art space is the first step, in a new era of emerging and vector-borne infectious disease research at Colorado State University.