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.

    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, 19:561-575. 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.

    Torgerson PR, Hagan JE, Costa F, Calcagno J, Kane M, Martinez-Silveira MS, Goris MG, Stein C, Ko AI, Abela-Ridder B. Global Burden of Leptospirosis: Estimated in Terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2015, 9:e0004122. 2015

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

    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 Neglected Tropical Diseases 2015, 9:e0003898. 2015

  • Patterns in Leptospira Shedding in Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Brazilian Slum Communities at High Risk of Disease Transmission.

    Costa F, Wunder EA, De Oliveira D, 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 Neglected Tropical Diseases 2015, 9:e0003819. 2015

  • Infections by Leptospira interrogans, Seoul virus, and Bartonella spp. among Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from the urban slum environment in Brazil.

    Costa F, Porter FH, Rodrigues G, Farias H, de Faria MT, Wunder EA, Osikowicz LM, Kosoy MY, Reis MG, Ko AI, Childs JE. Infections by Leptospira interrogans, Seoul virus, and Bartonella spp. among Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from the urban slum environment in Brazil. Vector Borne And Zoonotic Diseases (Larchmont, N.Y.) 2014, 14:33-40. 2014

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

    Costa F, Ribeiro GS, Felzemburgh RD, Santos N, Reis RB, Santos AC, Fraga DB, Araujo WN, Santana C, Childs JE, Reis MG, Ko AI. Influence of household rat infestation on leptospira transmission in the urban slum environment. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2014, 8:e3338. 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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