The field school spent a few days learning about vectors, parasites, and the effect they have on people and the communities in the Turkana Basin. A vector is an animal that actively or passively transmits a pathogen from one organism to another; the most obvious example would be the mosquito, whose diverse family is known worldwide for transmitting diseases such as West Nile Virus, yellow fever, malaria, Zika, and other such diseases. As we learned, however, there are also several other insects that transmit diseases that cause serious problems for people in the Turkana Basin.
Hi I'm Mattia. I am the teaching assistant for the TBI Field School Fall 2016. I recently graduated from American University in December 2015 and am an alumni of the field school. I am thrilled to be returning to this wonderful program and excited to share this life-changing experience with this year's students.