Cūra Earth wants to stop outbreaks of diseases before they begin and help communities mitigate their risk of contracting diseases from animals- both domestic and wildlife. In order to do that, we are starting a research program that uses vectors such as ticks and fleas to do surveillance for pathogens in Central America that have not been described before. We also are studying the microbiome, or total community of microbes living in the guts of ticks, as this may one day help us better understand when and why diseases get transmitted to people. This is part of a larger framework that will delve into testing humans, domestic animals, and wildlife for diseases so we can better understand their ecology. When we can understand their ecology, we can help people in the area avoid becoming sick.
For more information on these programs, please see our blogs.