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Understanding Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak: How did it begin? How can it end?

Sponsored by:

Tufts School of Engineering and Tufts Alumni Washington D.C.

Location: CASE DC Headquarters
1307 New York Avenue NW
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When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (iCal)


Tufts School of Engineering and Tufts Alumni D.C. invite you to a reception and lecture with your fellow graduates. The event begins with a hosted cocktail reception and networking program with Tufts alumni, parents, faculty, and friends. Following the refreshments, Linda Abriola, Dean of the School of Engineering, will provide an update on news from Tufts. Then, Professor Daniele Lantagne will share some of her captivating research and accomplishments in water contamination. She will focus on the cholera outbreak in Haiti, its surprising origin, and what can be done now. Q&A will follow. The evening concludes with coffee and tea.

About the Presentation:

In October 2010, cholera appeared in Haiti for the first time in nearly a century. The Secretary-General of the United Nations formed an Independent Panel to ‘‘investigate and seek to determine the source of the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti’’. To fulfill this mandate, the Panel conducted concurrent epidemiological, water and sanitation, and molecular analysis investigations. Our May 2011 findings indicated that the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak was caused by bacteria introduced into Haiti as a result of human activity; more specifically by the contamination of the Meye Tributary System of the Artibonite River with a pathogenic strain of the current South Asian type Vibrio cholerae. Recommendations were presented to assist in preventing the future introduction and spread of cholera in Haiti and worldwide. In this forum, I we discuss both the results of the Independent Panel’s investigation and the context the report sat within; including background information, responses to the report’s release, additional research subsequent to our report, our updated conclusions, work in Haiti to reduce the burden of cholera, and the public health implications of the Haiti cholera epidemic.

About Professor Lantagne:

Daniele Lantagne is the Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. She is an environmental engineer (MIT BS 1996, MIT M.Eng. 2001, PE 2003) who received her PhD in 2011 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral work as a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Center for International Development. She began working in household water treatment in developing countries while earning her Master's degree, and continued teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT until she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2003. Over the past twelve years, she provided technical assistance and evaluation of chlorination, filtration, and combined treatment household water treatment implementations in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America in both the development and emergency contexts. She has published over 20 papers on household water treatment in developing countries and is a technical advisor to Potters for Peace and FilterPure. She enjoys ashtanga yoga, cooking ethnic and vegan foods, backcountry hiking, and state highpointing.


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$10 per person (includes refreshments and lecture)


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