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The Virome of Manhattan: A Testbed for Radically Advancing Understanding and Forecast of Viral Respiratory Infections

Lead PI: Jeffrey Shaman

Unit Affiliation: Mailman School of Public Health

January 2016 - December 2019
Inactive
North America ; Manhattan ; New York City, NY ; New York
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The spatial-temporal distribution and transmission of respiratory viruses in the built environment has been little documented, yet clearly they exist among us. For this project an intensive, active surveillance program for influenza and other respiratory pathogens is being implemented in the urban Manhattan environment with the aim of significantly advancing understanding of transmission dynamics, documenting the genetic basis of immune response to respiratory virus infection, bettering now-casting capabilities, and improving respiratory disease model simulation and forecast.