UF/IFAS researchers to train workforce preventing mosquito-borne disease transmission

GAINESVILLE, FL | Three faculty members at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) recently received $8.5 million from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to manage mosquito-borne disease transmission. Increasingly prevalent diseases in the Southeast include West Nile fever and Zika, among others. New diseases are also likely to emerge in the future.

Black and white striped mosquito on a finger.
Mosquito species Aedes albopictus.

Drs. Burkett-Cadena (pictured below), Buckner, and Mathias plan to address this growing public health threat by developing a disease prevention and control workforce. Education and training will equip professionals in public health and other fields to better manage the species of concern and the diseases they spread.

A man posing with a machine to detect mosquitos
Nathan Burkett-Cadena with a mosquito research device.

These researchers also plan to foster collaborative efforts between universities and local, state, and federal agencies. This team’s work is set to increase the adoption of effective management strategies and help combat the public health challenges posed by mosquito transmitted diseases.

This project complements other mosquito research at FMEL, including studies on a species that has recently made an appearance in South Florida.


Posted: July 10, 2023

Category: UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research

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