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Reddit AMA: Vector-Borne Disease

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(Clockwise from top-right) Maria Elena Bottazzi, Marcia Castro and Anthony Wilson | AAAS

Vector-borne diseases – infectious diseases that are carried between humans or from animals to humans by organisms such as mosquitoes and ticks – infect over 1 billion people and cause more than 1 million deaths every year (World Health Organization). What makes someone susceptible to vector-borne disease? What do globalization, climate change, and human behavior have to do with where these diseases are found? What vaccines are in development? We’re a diverse group of infectious disease researchers – ask us anything!

Reddit AMA:  Vector-Borne Disease
Thu., June 15
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
URL: Reddit AMA:  Vector-Borne Disease


  • Maria Elena Bottazzi, Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Marcia Castro, Associate Professor of Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Anthony Wilson, Integrative Entomology Group Leader, The Pirbright Institute

This AMA is part of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute, a year-long fellowship program that helps scientists improve their science communication and public engagement skills.