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Infectious Disease Detectives

Take a 360° Video Tour to see how a local researcher quickly detects the source of a meningitis outbreak in Dhaka, Bangladesh, using IDseq technology, a real-time pathogen detection and surveillance dashboard that helps prevent outbreaks around the world.

Empowering medical detectives on the frontlines.

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, we are partnering with global health workers throughout the developing world to identify unknown causes of infectious diseases and to enable broader access to IDseq. After the pilot in Bangladesh, funding was awarded to 10 global health research organizations represented by the following countries: Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Madagascar, Malawi, Kenya, and The Gambia.

vietnam

Identifying the viral causes of childhood encephalitis in Vietnam.

cambodia

Understanding how disease spreads from mosquitoes to humans in Cambodia.

pakistan

Identifying bacterial causes of neonatal deaths and any potential antibiotic resistance in Pakistan.

the gambia

Identifying resistant pathogens, particularly ones causing meningitis, in young children in The Gambia.

kenya

Identifying the most common pathogens that are causing sickness and death among malnourished children in Kenya.

malawi

Following infectious disease doctors in Malawi to see how they are improving the diagnosis of sepsis in infants.

brazil

Setting up an early surveillance system for new infectious diseases in Brazil—before they become outbreaks.

madagascar

Examining fruit bats in Madagascar as a potential host for emerging infectious diseases, including ebola.

south africa

Identifying the underlying cause of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in South Africa

nepal

Identifying the cause of an outbreak of encephalitis in Nepal, with the hope of identifying a potential vaccine for treatment.

bangladesh

The tool was tested at a clinic in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where it helped discover that an outbreak of meningitis in children was caused by an epidemic of Chikungunya.

Empowering medical detectives on the frontlines.

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, we are partnering with global health workers throughout the developing world to identify unknown causes of infectious diseases and to enable broader access to IDseq. Funding was awarded to 10 global health research organizations represented by the following countries: Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Madagascar, Malawi, Kenya, and The Gambia.

vietnam

Identifying the viral causes of childhood encephalitis in Vietnam.

cambodia

Understanding how disease spreads from mosquitoes to humans in Cambodia.

pakistan

Identifying bacterial causes of neonatal deaths and any potential antibiotic resistance in Pakistan.

the gambia

Identifying resistant pathogens, particularly ones causing meningitis, in young children in The Gambia.

kenya

Identifying the most common pathogens that are causing sickness and death among malnourished children in Kenya.

malawi

Following infectious disease doctors in Malawi to see how they are improving the diagnosis of sepsis in infants.

brazil

Setting up an early surveillance system for new infectious diseases in Brazil—before they become outbreaks.

madagascar

Examining fruit bats in Madagascar as a potential host for emerging infectious diseases, including ebola.

bangladesh

The tool was tested at a clinic in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where it helped discover that an outbreak of meningitis in children was caused by an epidemic of Chikungunya.

nepal

Identifying the cause of an outbreak of encephalitis in Nepal, with the hope of identifying a potential vaccine for treatment.

south africa

Identifying the underlying cause of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in South Africa

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