Federico Costa, PhD

Associate Professor Adjunct of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Research Interests

Brazil; Dengue Virus; Epidemiology; Hantavirus; Leptospirosis

Public Health Interests

Global Health; Zoonotic Diseases; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determiants and Justice; Mosquito-borne Diseases

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Extensive Research Description

  • Disease determinants for urban leptospirosis
  • Natural history of urban leptospirosis
  • Eco-epidemiology of urban leptopsirosis
  • Optimal control strategies for rodent-borne zoonoses
  • Burden of Diseases estimation

Selected Publications

  • A comparative assessment of track plates to quantify fine scale variations in the relative abundance of Norway rats in urban slums.

    1. Hacker KP, Minter A, Begon M, Diggle PJ, Serrano S, Reis MG, Childs JE, Ko AI, Costa F. A comparative assessment of track plates to quantify fine scale variations in the relative abundance of Norway rats in urban slums. Urban Ecosystems. 2016:1-15. doi: 10.1007/s11252-015-0519-8. 2016

  • A two-year ecological study of norway rats (rattus norvegicus) in a brazilian urban slum.

    1. Panti-may, J. A.; Carvalho, P. T. S. A.; Serrano, S.; Pedra, G. G.; Taylor, J.; Pertile, A. C.; Minter, A.; Airam, V.; Carvalho, M.; Júnior, N.N.; Rodrigues, G.; Reis, M. G.; Ko, A.; Childs, J.; Begon, M.; Costa, F.; A two-year ecological study of norway rats (rattus norvegicus) in a brazilian urban slum. Plos one 2016. v.11, p.e0152511. 2016

  • Emergence of Congenital Zika Syndrome: Viewpoint From the Front Lines.

    1. Costa, F.; Sarno, M.; Khouri, R.; de Paulo F. B.; Siqueira, I.; Ribeiro, G. S.; Ribeiro, H. C.; Campos, G. S.; Alcântara, L. C.; Reis, M. G.; Weaver, S. C.; Vasilakis, N.; Ko, A. I.; Almeida, A. R.; Emergence of Congenital Zika Syndrome: Viewpoint From the Front Lines. Annals of Internal Medicine 2016. v.S/N, p.01 - 04. 2016

  • Zika Virus: History, Emergence, Biology, and Prospects for Control.

    1.  Weaver, S. C.; Costa, F.; Garcia-Blanco, Mariano, A.; Ko, A.; Ribeiro, G. S.; Saade, G.; SHI, P.; Vasilakis, N.; Zika Virus: History, Emergence, Biology, and Prospects for Control. Antiviral Research 2016. v.130, p.69-80. 2016

  • Global burden of leptospirosis: estimated in terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years.

    1. Torgerson PR, Hagan JE, Costa F, Calcagno J, Kane M, Martinez-Silveira MS, Goris MGA, Stein C, Ko AI, Abela-Ridder B. Global burden of leptospirosis: estimated in terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Oct 2;9(10): PMCID: PMC4591975. 2015

  • Global Morbidity and Mortality of Leptospirosis: A Systematic Review.

    1. Costa F, Hagan JE, Calcagno J, Kane M, Torgerson P, Martinez-Silveira MS, Stein C, Abela-Ridder B, Ko AI. Global Morbidity and Mortality of Leptospirosis: A Systematic Review. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 September; 9(9): e0003898. PMCID: PMC4574773. 2015

  • Patterns in Leptospira shedding in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Brazilian slum communities at high risk of disease transmission.

    1. Costa F, Wunder Jr., EA, de Oliveira DS, Bisht V, Rodrigues G, Reis MG, Ko AI, Begon M, Childs JE. Patterns in Leptospira shedding in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Brazilian slum communities at high risk of disease transmission. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015;9(6): e0003819. Published online 2015 June 5. PMCID: PMC4457861. 2015

  • Among Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from the Urban Slum Environment in Brazil.

    1. Costa F, Porter F, Robrigues G, Farias H, De Faria T, Wunder E, Osikowicz L, Kosoy M, Reis MG, Ko AI, Childs JA. Infections by Leptospira interrogans, Seoul Virus, and Bartonella spp. Among Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from the Urban Slum Environment in Brazil. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2013; 14(1):33-40. PMCID: PMC3880909 [Available on 2015/1/1] 2015

  • Influence of household rat infestation on Leptospira transmission in the urban slum environment.

    1. Costa F, Ribeiro GS, Felzemburgh RDM, Santos N, Reis RB, Santos AC, Fraga DBM, Araujo WN, Santana C, Childs JE, Reis MG, Ko AI. Influence of household rat infestation on Leptospira transmission in the urban slum environment. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014 Dec 4;8(12):e3338. PMCID: PMC4256176. 2014

  • Attitudes, and Practices Related to Leptospirosis among Urban Slum Residents in Brazil

    1. Navegantes Araujo de, W.; Finkmoore, B.; Ribeiro, G. S.; Reis, R. B.; Felzemburgh, R. D. M.; Hagan, J. E.; Reis, M. G.; Ko, A. I.; Costa, F.; Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Leptospirosis among Urban Slum Residents in Brazil. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2012. v.88, no.2, p.359-363. 2012

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