Precision public health method identifies clusters of respiratory disease in Uganda

A study led by researchers at Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center reports on the use of a genetic sequencing method to identify viral pathogens behind unexplained respiratory illnesses in Uganda over a five-year period. The method, called VirCapSeq-VERT and developed at CII, identified nine clusters of infections, including one potentially related to tourism from the U.K.

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