We visited many small Amazonian communities in search of disease vectors. Gringos are always doing such weird things, that our quest for fleas and ticks did not seem to phase anybody. On one collecting trip, we picked up a few eager flea hunters at each house we visited. At one point, we had 15 kids on our boat, ranging in age from 18 months to 10 years. If I went around the USA asking kids if they wanted to come with me to look for puppies (and fleas), I'd get arrested -- the same thing in Peru generates a bunch of smiling kids and parents. Just another benefit of research in Latin America.
It takes a village
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Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University