Kevin Macaluso, MS, PhD is the Mary Louise Martin Professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and he was recently awarded a Research to STOP Neglected Tropical Disease Transmission (R2STOP) award for his research entitled, “Role of arthropods in transmission of leprosy.”

Dr. Macaluso joined me for an interview on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show to talk about the award and his research which will determine the ability of Amblyomma ticks, which commonly infest both humans and armadillos in the southern United States, to harbor viable M. leprae and transmit the pathogen between vertebrate hosts.

LISTEN to the interview below:

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