Federico Costa, PhD

GHES LMIC Fellow 2012-2013

Fellowship Site: Fiocruz, Salvador, Brazil

Research Interest: Vector-borne diseases in slum settlements - leptospirosis

Federico Costa is currently Visiting Researcher at the CPqGM – Fiocruz of Salvador and at Yale University. A biologist from Argentina, he received his Bachelor's degree in 2003 from Rio Cuarto National University as part of an Ecology Study Group of Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever rodent reservoir. He moved to Patagonia in 2004 to conduct research on the distribution of hantavirus rodent reservoirs and risk of human infection. In 2007, he studied the ecology of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and vector control strategies in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina. Federico completed his Master's degree in Pest Control and Environmental Impact at San Martin National University. Since 2007, he has been part of the leptospirosis group at the CPqGM in Salvador conducting a community-based cohort study on the natural history of leptospirosis and developing epidemiological tools to stratify risk for leptospirosis in urban settings. He obtained his PhD at CPqGM in 2010. His interests include the study of urban reservoirs ecology and infectious diseases in the developing world. Federico hopes to pursue future research in disease control programs.


A Comparative Assessment of Track Plates to Quantify Fine Scale Variations in the Relative Abundance of Norway Rats in Urban Slums.

A Two-Year Ecological Study of Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) in a Brazilian Urban Slum.

Spatiotemporal Determinants of Urban Leptospirosis Transmission: Four-Year Prospective Cohort Study of Slum Residents in Brazil.

Multiple Paternity in the Norway Rat, Rattus norvegicus, from Urban Slums in Salvador, Brazil.

Heterogenic colonization patterns by Leptospira interrogans in Rattus norvegicus from urban slums.

Global Burden of Leptospirosis: Estimated in Terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years.

Global Morbidity and Mortality of Leptospirosis: A Systematic Review.

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

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

The impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Família conditional cash transfer program on children’s health care utilization and health outcomes.

Prospective study of leptospirosis transmission in an urban slum community: role of poor environment in repeated exposures to the Leptospira agent.

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

Urban slum structure: integrating socioeconomic and land cover data to model slum evolution in Salvador, Brazil.

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Leptospirosis among urban slum residents in Brazil.

Factors affecting carriage and intensity of infection of Calodium hepaticum within Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from an urban slum environment in Salvador, Brazil.

Evidence of multiple intraspecific transmission routes for Leptospira acquisition in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus).

The helminth community of a population of Rattus norvegicus from an urban Brazilian slum and the threat of zoonotic diseases.

Quantification of pathogenic Leptospira in the soils of a Brazilian urban slum.

Spatial and temporal dynamics of pathogenic Leptospira in surface waters from the urban slum environment.

Surveillance for leptospirosis in the Americas, 1996-2005: a review of data from ministries of health.

Diversity of containers and buildings infested with Aedes aegypti in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina.