“It’s very rewarding to be able to figure out a little bit more about the biology and ecology of the mosquitoes and…to use the new knowledge hopefully to improve our control measures and curb EEEV.”

Dr. Thomas Unnasch, Principal Investigator for SECVBD Project 2

Dr. Kristi Miley, postdoctoral associate for SECVBD Project 2

Dr. Kristi Miley and Dr. Tom Unnasch, SECVBD Project 2 researchers, were recently featured in Entomology Today for their work on the wintertime transmission of Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) in Florida. The article pulls key insights from their recent journal article, “Field Analysis of Biological Factors Associated with Sites at High and Low to Moderate Risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Winter Activity in Florida,” published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The study’s findings suggest that controlling mosquito populations during the winter at high-risk sites in Florida–which has been identified as a geographic reservoir of EEEV –could be effective in reducing summer-time EEEV transmission throughout the rest of the country.