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Today is our last day in Nchelenge. In the course of the past five weeks in Zambia, I feel like I've received a crash course in malaria disease ecology. In just the two weeks in Nchelenge alone, we collected almost 2,000 mosquitoes, a nice start to Smita's dissertation work.
I joined our Brazilian team for some bat sampling in a pristine rainforest in Manaus Brazil.
It's been almost two weeks since we left Macha for Nchelenge, but it feels as if it's been a very long time and a world apart, even though we have not left the country. Smita was sent to Macha to train one of the technical staff, Limonty, on how to perform DNA extractions and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on mosquitoes so that all samples may be processed in country instead of being shipped to labs overseas.
Yesterday was another early morning for the team, we had gone to pick up light traps and perform more spray catches, this time by the Kenani stream, which feeds into Lake Mweru.
It is an early morning for us as we head over to meet the field team at the Tropical Disease Research Centre (TDRC) compound. The Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute is collaborating with the TDRC on the portion of the malaria ICEMR project occurring in Nchelenge.
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