Multifactorial determinants for urban leptospirosis in Brazil


  • Dr Federico Costa

    Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)

Project summary

Federico is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in developing research programmes and community-level interventions that address the zoonotic diseases which have emerged in marginalised slum settlements. He is conducting an interdisciplinary evaluation of disease hosts, pathogens, and environmental determinants of urban poverty in order to understand the intensity of leptospirosis epidemics. Federico’s goal is to determine the environmental and host-pathogen genetic factors that influence both spatiotemporal variations in rates of leptospire shedding, and their relationship with leptospirosis progression and transmission.

This grant was awarded under the scheme's previous name of Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.