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

This week, DHH begins including Chikungunya Fever and Dengue Fever in its weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Summary.  DHH is reporting six confirmed international travel-associated cases of Chikungunya Fever and one case of Dengue Fever. There are no reports of local transmission. All cases were reported among people who acquired the infection during travel to countries where the virus is transmitted or experiencing an outbreak.

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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