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Project for Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Veterinary Students

2011 Summer Program, May 31 - July 22, 2011

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Title: Dynamics of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli in Cattle

Mentors: Dr. Suzanne Lenhart (Mathematics) and Dr. Cristina Lanzas (Veterinary Medicine)

Cow photo. Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli are a group of bacteria that causes serious disease in humans, including kidney failure and bloody diarrhea. Cattle and their environments are the primary reservoirs of some of the enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli of greatest public health concern. Control of these bacteria in the cattle population can reduce their transmission to humans through food and environmental exposure. We will develop mathematical models to understand how these bacteria spread in cattle populations and how we can reduce their presence by means such as vaccination of cattle.

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