Projects

Emerging virus infections in indigenous Mayan rural communities in Guatemala.

Consortium Partners

The project

  • We aim to develop ‘real-time’ proactive detection of viruses to determine their zoonotic and epizootic potential, which can be expanded to other geographical locations and potential reservoirs e.g. insect/vector, livestock and working equids.
  • The project will focus on animal reservoirs (e.g. rodents, bats, squirrels, opossums etc) living in close proximity to indigenous Mayan rural communities located in the Alta Verapaz region of North Guatemala.

Planned Study Communities:

 

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Community of San José Purulhá

The community has a population of approximately 370 from 32 families, distributed in 26 households.  They all pertain to q´eqchí ethnic group.   The community was established 30 years ago and are dedicated mainly to agricultural activities. The community is reached by an unpaved road and there is no public transportation.  The community does not have electric energy and they obtain their water from a well.

 

Community of Sexán II

The community has a population of approximately 250 in 60 households.  They all pertain to q´eqchí ethnic group.   The community was established 30 years ago and are dedicated mainly to agricultural activities.  The community may be reached by an unpaved road and there is no public transportation.  The community does not have electric energy and they obtain their water from a well or storing rainwater in containers.

 

 

 

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