UBC Lectures, Seminars, and Symposia

Rats! Purveyors of pestilence or public health helpers? Gardy, Jennifer; Jassem, Agatha; Lee, Michael; Byers, Kaylee


Are rats disgusting bearers of plagues? Or are they public health indicators to which we should really be paying attention? Held just prior to Halloween, this talk featured SPPH Assistant Professor Jennifer Gardy, who spoke about how animal, environmental, and human health are all linked, BCCDC Virology Laboratory program head Dr. Agatha Jassem who discussed what diseases humans could catch from our rodent cohabitants, and UBC PhD students, and Vancouver Rat Project researchers, Michael Lee and Kaylee Byers, discussed their work studying urban rat populations, including how rats might affect human health, and just what a rat safari is.

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