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PROJECT 4 | Multi-scale, modular models for Vector-Borne Disease

Background | Models of arbovirus transmission are useful in estimating the burden of Dengue, forecasting areas of risk for the emergence of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika in non-endemic areas, and in assessing the potential of control interventions. The utility of these models relies on their grounding in empirical data at multiple scales describing the disease transmission process. The aims are to (i) model the dynamics of viruses in their invertebrate and vertebrate hosts as well as the movement of these hosts viz.

PROJECT 2 | Breaking the transmission of zoonotic arboviruses by mosquitoes

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.  


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.