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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Valentina Ndolo

Valentina Ndolo

Studying the spatial distribution of anthrax in Uganda using ecological niche modelling.

Departments and Institutes

Veterinary Medicine:

Research Interests

Outbreaks of anthrax in Uganda and many parts of the world have become more sporadic. In 2018 alone, an anthrax outbreak in Arua, Kween, and Kiruhura districts in Uganda resulted in the deaths of 715 heads of cattle and 186 probable human cases within a span of 6 months. Prevention and control measures such as drugs and vaccines are available but too costly to implement on a countrywide scale. My study will focus on modelling risk maps showing potential anthrax hot spots in Uganda based on the mathematical representation of the disease in environmental space. This will allow the Ugandan government and concerned stakeholders to effectively target vaccination and surveillance campaigns to reduce disease incidence and accelerate efforts towards anthrax elimination in Uganda.

Key Projects, Countries, and Partners:

1. Modelling the spatial distribution of anthrax in Uganda using ecological niche model (Country: Uganda, Institution: School of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University)


  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Science


  • Anthrax


  • Mathematical modelling
  • Computational modelling