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Durham University

The Anthro-Zoonoses Network

Jesse Bonwitt

Jesse Bonwitt graduated as a veterinarian and after a brief period of clinical work in Europe and Africa, he moved onto policy work on the prevention and control of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases. This included rabies, Lassa fever and most recently Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea where Bonwitt consulted for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and the National Ebola Coordination Centre during the West African EVD outbreak.

Jesse Bonwitt's research interest involves understanding how human behaviours affects the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases. Drawing from his experience in infectious diseases and epidemiology, Bonwitt uses an anthropological approach to investigate the human-animal interface and its intersection between food security and public health in order to inform public health policy and eco-epidemiological and anthropological research for viral haemorrhagic fevers (Ebola and Lassa).

Selected publications:

Bonwitt J, Dawson M, Kandeh M, Ansumana R, Sahr F, Brown H, et al. 2018. Unintended Consequences of the ‘Bushmeat Ban’ in West Africa During the 2013–2016 Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic. Social Science & Medicine 200: 166-173.

Bonwitt J, Tran M, Dykstra EA, Eckmann K, Bell M, Leadon M, et al. 2018. Fly Reservoir Associated with a Case of Wohlfahrtiimonas species Bacteremia in a Human. Emerging Infectious Diseases 24 (2): 370-373.

Bonwitt J, Kandeh M, Dawson M, Ansumana R, Sahr F, Kelly AH, et al. 2017. Participation of Women and Children in Hunting Activities in Sierra Leone and Implications for Control of Zoonotic Infections. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 11 (7): e0005699.

Bonwitt J, Saez AM, Lamin J, Ansumana R, Dawson M, Buanie J, et al. 2017. At Home with Mastomys and Rattus: Human-Rodent Interactions and Potential for Primary Transmission of Lassa Virus in Domestic Spaces. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 96 (4): 935-43.

Bonwitt J, Kelly AH, Ansumana R, Agbla S, Sahr F, Saez AM, et al. 2016. Rat-atouille: A Mixed Method Study to Characterize Rodent Hunting and Consumption in the Context of Lassa Fever. Ecohealth 13 (2): s234-47.

Brown H, Kelly AH, Mari Saez A, Fichet-Calvet E, Ansumana R, Bonwitt J, et al. 2015. Extending the "Social": Anthropological Contributions to the Study of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9 (4): e0003651.

FAO. 2015. Addressing Zaire Ebola virus (EBV) Outbreaks. Rapid Qualitative Exposure and Release Assessment. Rome: FAO.

Ansumana R, Bonwitt J, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. 2014. Ebola in Sierra Leone: A Call for Action. Lancet 384 (9940): 303.

Jesse Bonwitt

Durham University