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Customer Spotlight: Field Research in the Jungle

What’s the deal with emerging infectious diseases?

Emerging infectious diseases pose a serious threat to humans, animals, and their environments alike. There’s been a drastic increase in the number of infectious diseases affecting our population over the last 30 years (from Ebola, to SARS, to swine flu). This poses a serious question: What organizations are conducting the field research to protect all impacted parties? One of the key players in the global environmental health field is our customer, EcoHealth Alliance.

EcoHealth Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to protecting wildlife and public health from emerging diseases. The organization runs programs to research and address issues such as deforestation, wildlife conservation, pandemic prevention, and more. For instance, they’re the information source to turn to if you want to learn where coronavirus came from, or which high infection risk animals to avoid on your next vacation.

primate on groundThe discovery of undocumented Eastern chimpanzees

Our connection to EcoHealth Alliance is Doctor Anne Laudisoit. Dr. Laudisoit stumbled upon her current research project on a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo a few years back. Her visit was originally intended to shed light on a worm carried disease which results in blindness. However, this trip led to the discovery of a previously undocumented population of Eastern chimpanzees. Their ability to survive as an isolated group in that particular area puzzled the scientific community. As a result, Laudisoit was awarded a grant by the National Geographic Society to study the colony.

Labels that can survive jungle conditions

Dr. Laudisoit’s field research focuses on the study of the chimpanzees’ habits, their environment, and the interactions that they have with the people living nearby. Because her team’s research is done in part by collecting and testing samples of the chimp’s place of inhabitance, it was vital for their research that they were able to find labels that could withstand the remote jungle environment.

image of a label containing a chimpanzee logo

We’re no stranger to working with EcoHealth Alliance to customize solutions. For this project we determined that their labels would need to fit a wide range of test tube sizes, be durable enough to survive the jungles of the Congo and be able to withstand temperatures of up to -80 degrees Celsius. Our Clear CryoLabel® Frost labels fit the bill. Their final design features a white block with identifying information (plus a chimp logo!), and a clear tail that wraps around a test tube in order to laminate the printing for added protection.

We’ll guide you towards the perfect solution, no monkey business

For us this project wasn’t just a great opportunity to work with an official National Geographic Explorer, but also a chance to gain a better understanding of the work that scientists do behind the scenes for the safety of people like us. We go bananas for an interesting project! Give us the chance to show you how we can help with yours.

Sources:

https://www.caveat.nyc/event/ecohealth-alliance-film-screening-mbudha-in-the-chimpanzees-footsteps-7-28-2019 
https://www.bcm.edu/departments/molecular-virology-and-microbiology/emerging-infections-and-biodefense/emerging-infectious-diseases

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