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Kathryn Jacobsen

Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen

Vector-borne illnesses account for more than 17 percent of all infectious diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Vectors, or living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans, are most often bloodsucking insects such as mosquitoes. Other vectors include ticks, flies, and fleas. Malaria, dengue fever, and the Zika virus are all vector-borne illnesses. Many of these illnesses are preventable by implementing protective measures such as targeted environmental mosquito control and use of insecticide-treated bed nets.

Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen discusses the Zika virus on CCTV America. Watch the clip.

Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen was recently interviewed by CCTV-America for World Malaria Day. Watch the interview.

Dr. Jacobsen was also interviewed by CCTV-America on Brazil's Dengue Fever outbreak. Learn more.

For Interviews 

Dr. Jacobsen is available for interviews. Please contact Dr. Christine Coussens via email or call 703-993-3485. Journalists on deadline, or after hours, are advised to contact the Community Engagement office by email rather than office phone. Please put ON DEADLINE in the subject of the email, and be as specific as possible with your request.

10 Malaria Facts

Courtesy WHO

  • Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  • Half of the world's population is at risk of malaria.
  • Every minute, a child dies from malaria.
  • Malaria mortality rates are falling.
  • Early diagnosis and prompt treatment of malaria prevents deaths.
  • Emerging artemisinin resistance is a major concern.
  • Sleeping under long-lasting insecticidal nets protects against malaria.
  • Indoor residual spraying is the most effective way to rapidly reduce malaria transmission.
  • Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria.
  • Malaria causes significant economic losses in high-burden countries.

Dr. Jacobsen's Peer-Reviewed Articles on Vector Borne Illnesses

Ranasinghe S, Ansumana R, Lamin JM, Bockarie AS, Bangura U, Buanie JAG, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Herbs and herbal combinations used to treat suspected malaria in Bo, Sierra Leone. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2015 May 26; 166:200-204. 

Ranasinghe S, Ansumana R , Lamin JM, Bockarie AS, Bangura U, Buanie JAG, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Attitudes toward home-based malaria testing in rural and urban Sierra Leone. Malaria Journal. 2015 (Feb 15); 14:80.

Attaway DF, Jacobsen KH, Falconer A, Manca G, Bennett LR, Waters NM. Mosquito habitat and dengue risk potential in Kenya: alternative methods to traditional risk mapping techniques. Geospatial Health. 2014 Nov; 9(1):119-130.

Attaway DF, Jacobsen KH, Falconer A, Manca G, Waters NM. Assessing the methods needed for improved dengue mapping: a SWOT analysis. Pan African Medical Journal. 2014 (Apr 16); 17:289.

Ansumana R, Jacobsen KH, Gbakima AA, Hodges MH, Lamin JM, Leski TA, Malanoski AP, Lin B, Bockarie MJ, Stenger DA. Presumptive self-diagnosis of malaria and other febrile illnesses in Sierra Leone. Pan African Medical Journal. 2013 (May 26); 15:34.

Murray CJL, Ortblad KF, Guinovart C, …, …, Jacobsen KH, …, …, Lopez AD, Vos T. Global, regional, and national incidence and death for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 2014 Sept 13; 384(9947):1005-1070.

More publications and resources are available at Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen's Research Website.