Dr Jesse Bonwitt, BVSc MSc MRCVS
Current research interest
My current research interest involves understanding how human behaviours affects disease emergence and spread.
From 2015 until 2016 I was the principal research assistant for an ESRC funded project on the anthropology of the West African Ebola outbreak based in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Drawing from my experience in infectious diseases and epidemiology, I use 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). I continue this work as a member of the Anthro-Zoonoses Network.
- Bonwitt, Jesse, Oltean, Hanna, Lang, Misty, Kelly, Rochelle M. & Goldoft, Marcia (2018). Bat rabies in Washington State: Temporal-spatial trends and risk factors for zoonotic transmission (2000–2017). PLOS ONE 13(10): e0205069.
- Bonwitt, Jesse H., Tran, Michael, Dykstra, Elizabeth A., Eckmann, Kaye, Bell, Melissa E., Leadon, Michael, Sixberry, Melissa & Glover, William A. (2018). Fly Reservoir Associated with Wohlfahrtiimonas Bacteremia in a Human. Emerging Infectious Diseases 24(2): 370-373.
- Bonwitt, Jesse, Dawson, Michael, Kaneh, Martin, Ansumana, Rashid, Sah, Foday, Brown, Hannah & Kelly, Ann H. (2018). Unintended Consequences of the 'Bushmeat Ban' in West Africa During the 2013-2016 Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic. Social Science and Medicine 200: 166-173.
- Bonwitt, J., Sáez, A.M., Lamin, J., Ansumana, R., Dawson, M., Buanie, J., Lamin, J., Sondufu, D., Borchert, M., Sahr, F., Fichet-Calvet, E. & Brown, Hannah (2017). At home with Mastomys and Rattus: human-rodent interactions and potential for primary transmission of Lassa virus in domestic spaces. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 96(4): 935-943.
- Bonwitt, J., Kandeh, M., Dawson, M., Ansumana, R., Sahr, F., Kelly, A. H. & Brown, H. (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, Jesse, Kelly, Ann H., Ansumana, Rashid, Agbla, Schadrac, Sahr, Foday, Saez, Almudena Mari, Borchert, Matthias, Kock, Richard & Fichet-Calvet, Elisabeth (2016). Rat-atouille: A Mixed Method Study to Characterize Rodent Hunting and Consumption in the Context of Lassa Fever. EcoHealth 13(2): 234-247.