Tulane Chikungunya Task Force

The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is monitoring the spread of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus recently introduced into the United States. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not expect widespread cases of chikungunya in the United States this summer.

A task force of researchers from a variety of Tulane University departments are in close contact and communication about chikungunya to share news and information. Dr. Dawn Wesson, associate professor of tropical medicine, is leading the task force.

Chikungunya Information

Chikungunya Fever/Dengue Fever

DHH continues to monitor chikungunya fever and dengue fever, and include any reported cases in its weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Summary. This week, there are no new cases of chikungunya fever or dengue fever in Louisiana. So far this year, there have been 10 cases of chikungunya fever and one case of dengue fever. All of Louisiana's reported chikungunya fever and dengue fever infections took place while the individuals were outside of the United States.

Faculty in the News

The Task Force

  • Dawn Wesson, PhD, associate professor of tropical medicine and task force chair, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM)
  • Susan McLellan, MD, clinical associate professor of public health in tropical medicine (SPHTM)
  • Tonya Colpitts, PhD, assistant professor of tropical medicine (SPHTM)
  • John Schieffelin, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, School of Medicine (SOM)
  • Chad Roy, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, Tulane National Primate Center (TNPRC)
  • Nito Panganiban, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology (TNPRC)
  • James Blanchard, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary medicine (TNPRC)
  • Mac Hyman, PhD, Evelyn and John G. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Mathematics, School of Science and Engineering (SSE)
  • Gerard Breart, adjunct professor of epidemiology, (SPHTM)
  • Bruno Hoen, University Medical Center of Guadeloupe
  • André Cabié, University Medical Center of Martinique

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 Chikungunya virus particles

Chikungunya virus particles

Photo: CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith,
James A. Comer, and Barbara

Aedes Aegypti mosquito

Aedes aegypti mosquito, a
carrier of the Chikungunya virus.

Photo: CDC/ Prof. Frank Hadley
Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global
Health and Infectious Diseases,
Univ. of Notre Dame

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