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Job Description

Lee County Mosquito Control District is seeking a GIS Technician/UAS Pilot to join their team!  The incumbent will work within a team and be responsible for efficient data collection, mapping, and treatment of mosquito breeding sites within Lee County Florida. This position will use a variety of aerial platforms, image gathering hardware, and related software to produce high-resolution maps and data sets. The GIS Technician will work closely with the Lead UAS pilot and be capable of serving as Remote Pilot in Command and/or Visual Observer during data acquisition flights and other mosquito control operations as needed.

Other details: 

  • Closing date : November 29, 2021
  • Full-Time Pay rate is starting @ $24.55 and $28.64 per hour depending on experience.
  • Excellent benefits package includes Florida Retirement System, medical, dental, life/LTD/STD and generous paid time off package.

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Job Description

Looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated post-doctoral associate to join the Kehn-Hall Lab! The Kehn-Hall lab performs research on emerging viruses, including Venezuelan equine encephalitic virus (VEEV), eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), and SARS-CoV-2. This position will perform cutting edge research on neurological sequalae induced by VEEV and EEEV infections. The research project is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary involving virologists, neurobiologists, and computational biologists. Host-pathogen interactions that contribute to neurological sequalae will be determined, with the ultimate goal of identifying therapeutics to treat and/or block these events. Duties will involve performing in vitro and animal procedures in BSL2, ABSL2, BSL3, and ABSL3 environments. Responsibilities also include data analysis, report and manuscript preparation, compliance with all safety regulations, and assistance with SOP development. The individual is expected to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams from academia, government, and industry. Salary will follow the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral associates.

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The DCPHR seeks a Medical Entomologist to join their team. The purpose of this position is to serve as an authority in the agency on vector-borne disease surveillance, education and vector control. In this capacity, the position collects and identifies medically important arthropods and arachnids within the state, conducts field investigations in response to cases of disease or outbreak suspicion, and provides training on vectors, other arthropods, disease information and the use of pesticides to control vectors. The position also works with professionals at universities in the state, other state agencies, and local public health agencies (LPHAs) to coordinate surveillance activities and to assist in training in vector control.

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Charleston County Public Works Department is looking for a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our team as a Mosquito Control Entomologist.  The successful candidate will conduct office and field assignments to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of the County.  We provide comprehensive services for the entire County (1,353 square miles) using several diverse methods including aerial and ground surveillance and abatement via helicopter and truck mounted spray vehicles, as well as public education and awareness.  

At the County we do our very best to take care of our employees and offer a wide range of insurance options from medical, dental, vision, and overall wellness for yourself and your family to remain healthy and plan for the future.   Working for the County allows you to earn a pension. Additionally, you will receive paid holiday, vacation, and sick time.  Achieve the work life balance you have been looking for!

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $44,658 – $60,756 (Estimated Annual Salary)

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE: Submitted applications are reviewed by the hiring department, on a going basis, prior to the APPLICATION DEADLINE OF: SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022 or earlier if filled.

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Position Title: Assistant Professor of Entomology – Global Public Health
Appointment: This is a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Entomology with a specialization in global public health. This 9-month appointment has job expectations in Research, Teaching and Service with an anticipated 60%, 30% and 10% distribution of effort, respectively. The position is located in College Station, TX.
General Duties and Responsibilities: Research in the field of Medical Entomology with a focus on Global Public Health. The incumbent faculty member will have primary responsibility for developing a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program focused on issues of national and global One Health importance in vector-borne disease with an emphasis on new discoveries and methodologies that have the potential for significant positive impacts on the scientific discipline and/or have economic/public health value to end-user groups. Candidate research programs will be expected to extend directly to the relevant disease-endemic countries/regions. In addition to establishing such strong international collaborations, the incumbent will have the opportunity to develop strong ties with other faculty at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) both within and outside the Department of Entomology.

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JOB OPENING

FULL-TIME

PUBLIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST – The position of Public Education Specialist, along with the Public Education and Information Officer, is responsible for carrying out the public outreach and educational programs for the District. Assists as needed within other departments throughout the District.

Technical direction and general supervision is provided by the Public Education and Information Officer, but the employee is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment at times to accomplish assigned tasks.

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Public Education Specialist

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a focus on the biological sciences, education, OR communications. 3 years’ experience working for a mosquito control program could be substitutes in lieu of degree.
  • Prefer to have a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate.
  • Must have good skills in instructing and speaking to small and large groups, social awareness, classroom management, and flexibility to handle difficult situations.
  • A minimum of 3 years preparing and delivering outreach presentations to the public preferred.
  • Have excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Be able to interact efficiently and cooperatively with the public in a courteous manner.
  • Highly motivated, organized, reliable self-starter who needs little supervision to achieve District goals.
  • Ability to travel when necessary to attend conferences and meetings.
  • Flexibility in work schedule which sometimes includes working nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Experience with WordPress is preferred
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License or must obtain within one (1) month of employment.
  • Must hold a current Public Health Pest Control License issued by the State of Florida DACS or must obtain within six (6) months of employment.
  • Must be legally allowed to work in the United States

The starting salary for the Public Education Specialist is $48,318. This is an Exempt position.  Employees with this classification are not eligible for overtime.

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Job Opportunity: Research Technician/Biologist

Collier Mosquito Control District is hiring! We’re looking for a research technician/biologist to join our Research Department. Successful candidates will join a passionate, hardworking team dedicated to protecting public health and advancing the science of mosquito control. If you like getting your hands dirty and are excited about performing operational research that has immediate, real-world impacts on your community, this is the opportunity for you.

The position: As a research technician or biologist at the District, you’ll assist with research studies to inform and improve District operations, perform a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and assist with other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, with specific tasks varying by season and project. Summer and fall are our busy seasons, when you’ll perform the bulk of your surveillance activities and field studies. During winter and spring, you may have opportunities to attend trainings and research conferences. The majority of your work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4pm, but occasional nights and weekends may be required. Ideally, you’ll have a BS or MS in biology, entomology or a related field and experience in (and passion for) mosquito research and control. Salary and job title will be based on skills and experience.

The District: Collier Mosquito Control District encompasses 401 square miles in beautiful southwest Florida between Everglades National Park and the Gulf of Mexico. The District currently employs approximately 50 people at our primary office location in Naples and a satellite office in Immokalee. We practice integrated mosquito management, so every decision we make is based on scientific analysis of a range of environmental and mosquito surveillance data. District highlights include a network of automated mosquito traps, a fully equipped laboratory with onsite disease testing capabilities, an aerial fleet with both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, a cutting-edge drone program and a Gambusia fish distribution program. We also offer a variety of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a choice of retirement plans; nine paid holidays per year and financial support for continuing education.

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Job Opportunity: Biologist/Research Entomologist

Collier Mosquito Control District is hiring! We’re looking for a biologist/research entomologist to join our Research Department. Successful candidates will join a passionate, hardworking team dedicated to protecting public health and advancing the science of mosquito control. If you like getting your hands dirty and are excited about performing operational research that has immediate, real-world impacts on your community, this is the opportunity for you.

The position: As a biologist or research entomologist at the District, you’ll participate in the design and execution of research studies to inform and improve District operations, manage a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and perform other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, with specific tasks varying by season and project. Summer and fall are our busy seasons, when you’ll perform the bulk of your surveillance activities and field studies. During winter and spring, you’ll have opportunities to present your research at local and national conferences. The majority of your work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30am-4pm, but occasional nights and weekends may be required. Ideally, you’ll have an MS or PhD in biology, entomology or a related field and experience in (and passion for) mosquito research and control. Salary and job title will be based on skills and experience.

The District: Collier Mosquito Control District encompasses 401 square miles in beautiful southwest Florida between Everglades National Park and the Gulf of Mexico. The District currently employs approximately 50 people at our primary office location in Naples and a satellite office in Immokalee. We practice integrated mosquito management, so every decision we make is based on scientific analysis of a range of environmental and mosquito surveillance data. District highlights include a network of automated mosquito traps, a fully equipped laboratory with onsite disease testing capabilities, an aerial fleet with both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, a cutting-edge drone program and a Gambusia fish distribution program. We also offer a variety of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a choice of retirement plans; nine paid holidays per year and financial support for continuing education.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada – Field Studies Section One Health – National Microbiology Laboratories in Winnipeg (Manitoba) is seeking a Research Scientist Medical Entomologist. Please see the full description and apply here: Research Scientist (cfp-psc.gc.ca)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is currently searching for a tenure track, assistant professor position for someone who does research in vector borne diseases.  The ideal candidate will conduct research areas of surveillance or diagnostics, disease transmission, pathogen/vector/host dynamics, or general virology/microbiology of vector-borne diseases.  Strong molecular skills are preferred.  See the full job listing here.  

The Carney Lab at the University of South Florida seeks a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct and publish research on mosquitoes at the intersection of geographic information systems (GIS), artificial intelligence (AI), and citizen science.

The researcher will work as part of an interdisciplinary team at USF, NASA/IGES, CDC, and international organizations on the NSF-funded project, “Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases through Automated Species Identification and Spatiotemporal Modeling” https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2014547.

This is a full-time, one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Ability to work remotely is negotiable. 

Additional information about the lab and PI Ryan Carney can be found at CarneyLab.org and http://biology.usf.edu/ib/faculty/rcarney.

This is a 9-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida (UF). The position will be academically housed in the Entomology and Nematology Department within IFAS in Gainesville FL, and the nature of the assignment may change in accordance with the changing needs of the department and IFAS. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department.

The candidate will develop an internationally recognized and extramurally funded program in molecular ecology of arthropods or nematodes. This is a broad search, but programs applying a modern molecular ecology perspective to themes such as population or landscape genetics, biogeography, species interactions, or molecular evolution may be of interest. Research anywhere on the spectrum from addressing foundational questions in ecological systems to applied work related to agriculture, natural resources conservation, or human and animal health is encouraged. Invasion science is emerging as a campus-wide strength at the University of Florida and the incumbent is encouraged to contribute to strengthening this area of excellence. Similarly, the incumbent is encouraged to take advantage of a recent expansion of capabilities for our HiPerGator supercomputing cluster and a new campus-wide area of emphasis in Artificial Intelligence and other intensive computational approaches.

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The Epicenter for Disease Dynamics at the One Health Institute in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis is seeking a post-doctoral researcher interested in the impacts of environmental change on the epidemiology, ecology and evolution of zoonotic diseases. Activities will focus on a new National Science Foundation Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases project “Impacts of Rapid Landscape Change and Biodiversity on Virus Host Specificity”. Primary responsibilities relate to both theoretical and data-informed modeling of virus evolution and transmission across landscape changes in Southeast Asia. This is a 3-year post-doctoral position, expected to begin January 2022 based at UC Davis with opportunities for collaboration and co-mentorship across the PIs on this project including Christine Kreuder Johnson (UCD), Tierra Smiley Evans (UCD), Lark Coffey (UCD), Michael Boots (UC Berkeley), and Rebekah Kading (CSU).

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The Fellow will work on projects involving mosquito-borne chikungunya virus and SARS-CoV-2. Chikungunya virus studies will involve developing and implementing an assay to define the viral mutation rate. The SARS-CoV-2 projects will involve testing viral variants in humanized mouse models in collaboration with the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program as well as studies to evaluate candidate COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in mouse and hamster models. The Fellow will also be encouraged to develop related independent projects. The position includes work in biosafety level (BSL)-2 and BSL-3 laboratories. The Fellow should be comfortable working in team environment. The successful Fellow will conduct experiments, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts. The Fellow should be able to perform independent
research with minimal supervision. Most of the Fellow’s effort will be in person given the necessity of virus work in contained settings. Computer-based work can be conducted off campus, if desired, although an office or desk in the laboratory will be provided.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – MODELING MOSQUITO AND TICK-BORNE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL

Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B)
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), The Earth Institute
Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne diseases

A postdoctoral position is available in Maria Diuk-Wasser’s lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia International Research Institute for Climate and Society. The applicant will join research projects newly funded by the Department of Defense, NSF and the CDC, and will become part of the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne diseases, a collaborative network including faculty from Cornell, Columbia, Fordham and SUNY Universities, the NY State Department of Health and the Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases in CT. The postdoctoral research scientist will harness an extensive network of existing and newly acquired surveillance and control datasets to develop predictive models for the presence and abundance of mosquito and tick vectors and their associated pathogens. Areas of emphasis include simulation modeling to identify optimal deployment of individual and integrated tick management approaches currently being investigated in the Center, modeling the population dynamics and spatial patterns of spread of mosquito and tick-borne pathogens and ensemble modeling of climate impacts on tick and mosquito-borne diseases. The modeling platforms developed will enhance surveillance and the institutional response capacity for real-time impact on vector-borne disease management. Additional opportunities exist for participation in a range of training and applied research activities related to the ecology, evolution and control of mosquito and tick vectors and vector-borne pathogens.

For qualifications and the full description, visit this site. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.utep.edu/science/biology/about/welcome.html) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in infectious diseases. The anticipated starting date is fall 2022.

Applicants should possess the ability to develop an extramurally funded research program in infectious diseases and teach and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D.). Research resources include state-of-the-art molecular and high-throughput screening core facilities, as well as a BSL-3 laboratory and ABSL3 animal facilities. The current areas of expertise within the department and university include virology, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, vector borne infections, vaccine development and drug discovery. Our goal is to foster and support research on any area of infectious diseases including the vector/tick-borne diseases of public health importance in the U.S.-Mexico border area. However, we encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of infectious diseases to apply. The successful candidate will have access to our state-of-the-art Border Biomedical Research Center Core Facilities (https://www.utep.edu/science/bbrc/) located in the building.

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The Senior Medical Entomologist leads the medical entomology team in the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Program, which is part of the Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). This role directs statewide entomologic investigation and surveillance for vector-borne infectious diseases of public health importance in Indiana; supervises the activities of medical entomologists and administrative staff and provide for continuity of operations in their absence; analyzes, interprets, and disseminates entomologic surveillance data; organizes trainings on entomologic surveillance and control for local public health professionals; and provides technical assistance to state agencies, local health departments, Tribal representatives, health care providers, academic partners, community organizations, and members of the public.

 

For more information, visit:

 

https://workforindiana.in.gov/job/Indianapolis-Senior-Medical-Entomologist-IN-46204/788814500/?locale=en_US

 

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce a Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science.  The University of Idaho will add up to six faculty at the assistant or associate level. They are looking for outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. For further information or to apply, see the website.

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POSITION: Post Doctoral Associate – Rutgers University, Center for Vector Biology

DESCRIPTION: The Price Lab within the Department of Entomology / Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University seeks to fill an open Postdoctoral Associate position specializing in the evolutionary and molecular biology of ixodid ticks to carry out USDA-NIFA funded research focusing on surveillance of ticks and tick-borne disease, and molecular control mechanisms e.g., anti-tick vaccines. This is a grant-funded position with an initial term of one year with possibility of multiple-year renewal.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in relevant area of Entomology, Acarology, Ecology, Immunology, or Veterinary Sciences focusing on ticks, tick biology and/or genome-oriented arthropod research. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience spanning two major disciplines: (1) DNA/RNA extraction, handling, processing, next-generation library preparation and sequencing on Illumina and Oxford Nanopore platforms, associated bioinformatic analyses of sequence data, and (2) basic field techniques for tick collection and surveillance.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested applicant should apply online at https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/140414.

Lee County Mosquito Control District is seeking a ULV Truck Operator. 

  • Open until filled
  • Pay rate is $13.67 per hour
  • This position is not eligible for benefits
  • This is an ON-Call position all year round.

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**This opportunity will be posted on Zintellect in the next few weeks (by July) – for questions, or to express interest, contact the POC listed below**

Funding is available for a one year ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) Fellow opportunity for tick threat assessment at US Air Force Bases. 

Host Location: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH 45433

Opportunity description:
Participant will investigate tick species presence, distribution and density at up to 8 Air Force Bases (TBD) in the United States. Activities will include:
• Environmental tick surveillance (e.g. flagging, dragging)
• Removal of ectoparasites from euthanized / nuisance killed wildlife
• Sampling of ticks and other ectoparasites from birds (TBD)
• Identification of tick samples to genus and species
• Extraction of nucleic acids to prepare samples for PCR and sequencing analysis
• Detection of tick-borne disease agents in samples
• PCR species ID, or genetic sequencing of samples (only as needed)
• Analyze nucleotide sequence data to confirm species identification or to reveal phylogenetic relationships (only as needed)
• Perform a comparative tick sampling study at the host location, using two different dry ice traps and two different tick drags.

The Fellow will also engage with Public Health at 2 – 3 bases to implement on-site tick testing of human biting Ixodes scapularis for Borrelia burgdorferi, and may participate in CDC’s MALDI-TOF tick analysis project by submitting specimens to that program. The Fellow will be encouraged to submit all novel findings for presentation or publication. This opportunity has significant travel and field work components, and also lab work as specified above.

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The University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) Biology Department is seeking a Graduate Student TA for two years, plus summer salary for first summer (and most likely for a second summer). Tuition will be waived. The study is a mixture of molecular and field work with a concentration on Lone Star and American dog ticks.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. John McCreadie at jmccread@southalabama.edu. You can also visit the Biology Department web page for more information.

Pasco County Mosquito Control District (PCMCD) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is seeking applications for a student internship opportunity for the summer/fall of 2021. The mission of PCMCD is to protect the health and well-being of the citizens of Pasco County through the prevention and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The county has several species of interest that are dangerous disease vectors and several others that create a major nuisance during most months of the year. District research, surveillance and control efforts span all mosquito habitats within the county, from salt marshes to the urbanized residential areas.

Student interns will contribute to various on-going research and surveillance projects. They will be exposed to the principles of integrated pest management as it applies to mosquito control, trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology and identification, lab rearing and handling, larval and adult resistance testing. The student intern will work under the direction of the Research and Surveillance Director. Duties would include, but are not limited to, breeding site surveillance, adult mosquito trapping and identification, larval collection and sorting, egg collection and mosquito rearing, larval and adult bioassays, equipment calibration and field efficacy trials.

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Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Global Health Group (GHG)

Position Title – Latin America Postdoctoral Fellow, Impact Malaria

Location – San Francisco, CA (remote until tentative return to the office in June 2021)

Start Date –March/April 2021

End Date – October 2022

To Apply: Please email your CV and cover letter to Kyle.Daniels2@ucsf.edu with “Postdoctoral Fellow – Latin America” in the subject line.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Impact Malaria (IM) is a five-year (2018-2023) President’s Malaria Initiative project led by Population Services International and supported by UCSF across dozens of countries. IM has recently been asked by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to provide technical assistance to support two operational research studies in Latin America. One study will investigate high vs low dose primaquine for radical cure of Plasmodium vivax (most likely in Peru). The second project will be the development of a risk-benefit assessment tool to support countries to make decisions on what radical cure treatment regimen they should use bearing in mind local prevalence and severity of glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency variants, and possibility to test for G6PD deficiency.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be the focal point for UCSF’s Latin America work and will support the Primary Investigators in all aspects of the project. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be responsible for working in close partnership with the implementing partner(s) in Latin America to help oversee the study by providing key logistical, technical, partnership, and administrative support to ensure the overall smooth facilitation of the study. The Postdoctoral Fellow may be asked to support additional IM projects or other USAID funded workstreams.

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The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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