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April 03, 2008

Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Breakout session: Dave Wagner on Anthrax, Plague and Tularemia

Dave Wagner, Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University

"Using GIS to Understand the Ecology,Dispersal and Evolutionary History of Diseases: Examples using Anthrax, Plague and Tularemia"

Resource focus: potential bioterrorism agents (Anthrax, Plague, Tularemia. i.e., Category A Select Agents)

Dogma is that anthrax was introduced to North America and South America by colonists from Europe. Mr. Wagner's group mapped the genomics, indicating that the anthrax more likely came with humans coming across the land bridge from Asia to Alaska.

Further discussions of spread of plague through prairie-dog colonies in the American West.

[There was a simultaneous breakout session by Nina Lam, Department of Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University, "Reducing Uncertainties in Health Risk Assessment through GIS and Spatial Analysis."]

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Posted by tdr at April 3, 2008 03:00 PM