Social-environmental changes to influence human disease

Collaborator: Zhiyuan Song

The spread of human diseases is strongly influenced by social-environmental factors, such as climate, forest cover, sanitation facilities, and water supply. A recent example is Ebola epidemics in West and Central Africa. This outbreak is unprecedented in terms of both spread area and infected cases. In addition, for the first time, more than one Ebola epidemics concurred in separated regions independently. These intensified trends urge a dynamically updated risk evaluation in response to the social­environmental changes. We are performing a synthetic analysis to quantify Ebola risks and the effects from land use, wildlife distribution, climate, economic, demographic, and public health factors.