Kibale EcoHealth Project
Wisconsin was the location of an outbreak of Monkeypox virus in 2003, originating from rodents imported from Africa. Exotic pathogens remain a major concern for Wisconsin and other states. Since 2004, Dr. Tony Goldberg's lab has run a project in Uganda: the Kibale EcoHealth Project. The project endeavors to identify disease threats African wildlife before they reach the USA. We currently focus on "virus hunting," specifically for viruses that could jump to people and spread. Our findings provide the basis for monitoring programs to halt the movement of such viruses before they reach the USA. The technologies we are developing also benefit our state by allowing us to rapidly diagnose novel infectious agents here in Wisconsin, if they arrive.