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PROJECT 3 | Ecological and acaricide-resistance models of tick vectors in the Southeast US

Background | The geographic distribution and abundances of tick vectors, their acaricide resistance status and their associated pathogens are ever-changing. The overall aim of the project is two-fold: (i) Characterize the prevalence and distribution of selected tick-borne bacterial and viral pathogens via high-resolution spatial maps in Florida; and (ii) Understand the mechanisms and extent of acaricide resistance in two vectors of medical and veterinary importance: the brown dog tick and lone star tick.

 

Four state universities collaborate on $10 million center to address Zika and other diseases

With a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Florida in collaboration with Florida International University, University of Miami and the University of South Florida  will lead a highly collaborative research program focused on stopping mosquito and tick-borne pathogens from spreading into the United States.

Read more about the CDC award here.

PROJECT 1 | Understanding vector ecology, arbovirus infectious rates & insecticide resistance to optimize mosquito control

The biocomplexity of Aedes vectors of Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and other arboviruses in the US remains understudied. We will investigate how fundamental, field-based information on the complexities of vector ecology and adaptation can be used to parameterize local and global models (Project 4) for predicting disease transmission and forecasting the longer-term potential of novel vector control tools in effecting optimized vector control in urban environments. ​