PROJECT 2 | Breaking the transmission of zoonotic arboviruses by mosquitoes

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Background | Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV) can over-winter in ectothermic hosts. The overall aim of this project is to predict at the focal level where over-wintering is occurring in Florida, and to leverage complementary mathematical models (Project 4) to develop early season intervention strategies to interrupt wintertime EEEV transmission.  We hypothesize that such early season interventions will lessen or prevent outbreaks of EEEV later in the year, when mosquito densities are greater and the costs for intervention correspondingly higher.  


Thomas Unnasch PhD

Project 2 is led by Prof. Tom Unnasch PhD (USF/GLOBAL HEALTH).  Collaborators include Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena, PhD (UF/IFAS/FMEL), Dr. Joni Downs, PhD (USF Geography),  as well as Brenda Hunt (N. Walton MCD)Ben Brewer (S. Walton MCD), Bill Kellner  (Citrus County MCD), & Mark Latham (Manatee MCD).