Health in Africa Symposium Explores Causes of Child Stunting

March 1, 2018 -- GAINESVILLE -- The Center for African Studies and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems held a symposium Thursday about current research on the underlying causes of malnutrition. Read More

Zika virus likely transmitted through breast milk, report finds

February 20, 2018 -- Mothers infected with the Zika virus may be able to transmit the virus to newborn infants through breast milk, according to a recent report authored in part by a University of Florida researcher. Read More

EPI Research Day 2018

February 15, 2018 -- On Thursday, February 15, the Emerging Pathogens Institute celebrated its eleventh annual Research Day with a record number of presentations and nearly 400 attendees. Read More

Dr. Anthony Maurelli and colleagues publish book chapter on Shigella

January 31, 2018 -- A chapter entitled “A Brief History of Shigella” was just published as part of the electronic encyclopedia EcoSal Plus, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. Read More

Watch Dr. Nicole Iovine Discuss The 2017-2018 Flu Season

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Symposium in Honor of the Retirement of Ariena van Bruggen

January 17, 2018 -- On Tuesday, January 16, Dr. Ariena van Bruggen hosted a symposium on microbial cycling in food webs in honor of her retirement from the University of Florida. Read More

Disease-carrying mosquito species tied to deforestation

October 25, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- Two University of Florida infectious disease experts have found deforestation not only destroys beneficial habitats and renders the land less fertile, it also allows disease-carrying mosquitoes to multiply. Read More

UF scientist recognized for research in mosquito-borne disease control

September 20, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist is known to have a restless curiosity about everything, ranging from insecticide toxicology to mosquito control and resistance. Read More

Plant pathogen experts study banana disease in Tanzania

September 18, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- The banana crop is an important commodity in Tanzania and much of East Africa, with many in the region eating up to 400 kilograms of bananas per person per year. Plant diseases are a major threat to the sustainability of the crop, and over the past decade, a bacterial infection once found only in Ethiopia has risen in prominence in all countries around Lake Victoria, including Tanzania. Read More

Probiotic reduces sepsis-related deaths among newborns in India

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EPI faculty members work with Haitian communities to reduce vectors of disease transmission

August 18, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- Dr. Kevin Bardosh, a medical anthropologist and member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, collaborated with several EPI researchers to find community-based methods of reducing the mosquitoes responsible for lymphatic filariasis and malaria in Haiti. Read More

EPI director in Florida Trend

August 4, 2017 -- Florida Trend interviewed Dr. J. Glenn Morris last month about EPI's role in the effort to reduce the threat of infectious diseases. See the video below! Read More

Teachers learn about emerging pathogens through CATALySES program

August 3, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- For years, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics has predicted that the jobs of the future will shift more and more toward STEM fields – requiring training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. STEM education does not come without challenges, however. Under-resourced schools often lack equipment necessary for instruction, and according to the U.S. Department of Education, the demand for teachers skilled in STEM subjects is higher than the number of applicants qualified to teach them. Read More

Dr. Havelaar discusses microbial pathogens at inaugural Food Safety Science and Research Centre meeting in New Zealand.

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Zika transmission in U.S. linked to travel from Caribbean

May 26, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Travel between the continental U.S. and the Caribbean led to locally acquired Zika virus infections in Florida, according to new research published this week. Read More

New research models temperature-driven Zika, dengue, and chikungunya transmission

May 10, 2017 -- Read More

Findings from human immune system study could lead Haiti closer to malaria eradication

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A comparison of immune system responses among Haitian malaria patients revealed unique traits among those with the highest risk of transmitting the disease to others. Identifying such patients could lead to a sharp decline in malaria transmission in the country, according to a University of Florida researcher. Read More

Data analysis looks at Zika’s introduction to Americas, predicts microcephaly cases

GAINESVILLE -- Researchers at the University of Florida and several peer institutions have developed a model mapping the spread of Zika virus in the Americas and predicting that the virus arrived in Brazil in late 2013 or early 2014 before spreading throughout the region. The model also projects the number of microcephaly cases that will occur by the end of the year, with hundreds of cases in Mexico, Haiti and Colombia, and thousands of cases in Brazil due to Zika virus infection. Read More

Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says UF researcher

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A mathematical model of cholera transmission in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake suggests that current approaches to cholera control and elimination, which focus primarily on improving sanitation, are not likely to solve the problem. However, eradication of cholera is possible with use of oral cholera vaccine. Read More

UF/IFAS scientists find Zika RNA in a second mosquito species

April 18, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences molecular biologist has found Zika RNA in a type of mosquito not often associated with the virus. Read More

EPI director speaks about importance of research at state capitol

March 31, 2017 -- Dr. J. Glenn Morris spoke about the importance of research and science education at the state capitol Wednesday, rallying with the Florida Board of Governors and officials from all 12 of Florida’s public universities to support the launch of a statewide initiative advocating the importance of safety, research, and education at Florida’s universities. Read More

Lieutenant Governor visits EPI

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Most dengue infections transmitted in or near home

March 24, 2017 --Study findings could aid in interrupting transmission chains and reducing severe illness Read More

GHESKIO director meets with Haitian student group during EPI Research Day

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Is the microbial friend of my plant, my friend?

March 6, 2017 -- “Life would not long remain possible in the absence of microbes.”—Louis Pasteur (Father of Microbiology) Read More

Research Day 2017

March 2, 2017 -- On Thursday, February 23, the Emerging Pathogens Institute hosted its tenth annual Research Day. Read More

UF researchers detail new tactics against Zika, other viruses

February 20, 2017 -- University of Florida scientists presented new research Sunday outlining ways to prevent the spread of the Zika and dengue viruses through the development of a Zika vaccine and a focus on spraying indoors to control mosquitoes. Read More

Dr. Morris to speak on panel about climate change and public health

February 15, 2017 -- Read More

Carla Mavian, Ph.D, receives Thomas H. Maren award to support HIV study

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Physician-scientist develops app to help health workers diagnose cholera

February 6, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Working in collaboration with a mobile phone application developer as well as colleagues in the United States and Bangladesh, a UF investigator helped create and test an app that helps physicians diagnose cholera and other diarrheal diseases with greater accuracy. Read More

Researchers receive grant from DTRA to support search for B. pseudomallei vaccine

February 1, 2017 -- Read More

"Vaccine" article criticizes recommendation against FluMist

January 26, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- A commentary published this week in one of the world’s premier journals on vaccination raises concerns about the CDC’s recommendation against using the popular “FluMist” vaccine during the 2016 – 2017 flu season. Read More

UF plays key role in trial for successful Ebola vaccine

January 9, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- An international group of researchers associated with the World Health Organization has published its final report on the Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea, finding that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent Ebola infection. Read More