Presentation examines infectious disease research in the Amazon

Dr. David Craft, medical director of microbiology, and four first-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine will give a presentation about their summer research in Peru. Sessions will be held on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine campus from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Lecture Room D, and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Lecture Room C.

In May and June 2012, medical students Derek Reighard, Hannah Ross-Suits, Jenny Rice and Sara Abu-Tabikh traveled to the Amazon River Valley in Peru to conduct a community survey and infectious disease research related to potable water and sewage in Iquitos, Peru. The students will present a pictorial and video summary of their trip and their research in the under-resourced community of Belen. Data presented will include a community survey on the availability and use of potable water, sewage management, and the potential impact of those practices on the prevalence of infectious diarrhea caused by parasites.


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Last Updated October 24, 2012