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Global health R&D delivers for West Virginia

US government investment in global health R&D has delivered

$396 thousand
to West Virginia research institutions

Neglected diseases in West Virginia

Chikungunya cases
2
Dengue cases
16
HIV diagnoses
713
Malaria cases
22
Tuberculosis cases
133
West Nile cases
15
Zika cases
12

West Virginia's top USG-funded global health R&D institutions

West Virginia University Research Corporation
$396 thousand

West Virginia industry in global health R&D

Novartis
Location(s):
Huntington
Mylan
Location(s):
Morgantown

West Virginia's top areas of global health R&D by USG funding

100%
Neglected tropical diseases
Kinetoplastids

Global health R&D at work in West Virginia

Researchers at West Virginia University are studying how the parasite that causes sleeping sickness interacts with the tsetse fly whose bite spreads the disease. Though the number of cases of sleeping sickness has dropped in recent years, the disease still poses a threat to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Existing medicines can be toxic, even fatal, lending urgency to the development of new treatments. The researchers aim to understand why some tsetse flies carry the disease and others do not. They theorize that the gut bacteria in the flies affect whether the parasite survives in the fly and crosses over to humans and livestock, causing death, disability, and a heavy economic burden. A better understanding of the relationship between the fly and the parasite could open exciting new avenues for disease control.

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