EPI's Annual Research Day

Feb. 12, 2019: Hundreds of students, faculty and state employees gathered at U.F.'s Reitz Union to present posters and share ideas and interests on pathogens affecting plants, animals, humans, and food safety. Keynote speakers discussed trends in plant pathogens and challenges to reduce and eliminate neglected tropical diseases. Read More

Dengue immunity may buffer against Zika

Feb. 8, 2019: EPI Researcher discovers that people who have developed immunity against dengue virus have built-in protection against infection from the Zika virus. Read More

Venezuela's next crisis: rampant spread of infectious diseases

Jan. 30, 2019: The nation's crippled vaccination program has led to record numbers in cases of measles, diphtheria and other vaccine-preventable diseases, creating a regional public health crisis. Read More

Madariaga virus spreads to Haiti

Jan. 18, 2019: EPI members, including director Glenn Morris, identified Madariaga virus for the first time in Haitian children in 2015-2016. Prior to their work, this emerging infectious agent had been found mostly in animals of South and Central America, with the first human outbreak occurring in Panama in 2010. Read More

New saliva-based test detects malaria before symptoms appear

Jan. 10, 2019: An easy-to-use saliva test to screen for the parasite that causes malaria has been developed by a team of researchers led by Emerging Pathogens Institute faculty member Rhoel Dinglasan. Read More

UF/EPI researchers develop rapid, inexpensive test for Zika

Jan. 14. 2019: UF researchers with Emerging Pathogens Institute affiliations have created a rapid, cost-effective point-of-care test for the Zika virus. Read More

Bacterial Virus Drives Emergence of New Strains of Shigella from Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Oct. 9, 2018: Emerging Pathogens Institute researchers trace the origin of dangerous new strains of Shigella bacteria that present novel threats to public health. Read More

UF Emerging Pathogens Institute researchers make seminal discovery in antibiotic resistance

Aug. 8, 2018: B. pseudomallei possess intrinsic antibiotic resistance, do not always acquire resistance genes from other bacteria via usual route. Read More

UF Researchers Zero in on Potential Threat of New Mosquito Virus

July 17, 2018 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A virus responsible for an illness outbreak in Venezuela is spreading to other parts of the Americas, says a University of Florida scientist who is closely monitoring the Mayaro virus. Most recently, the virus was found in a child in Haiti in 2016. Read More

UF Researchers Make New Strides in Predicting Dengue Fever Outbreaks

July 17, 2018 -- GAINESVILLE, FL -- - Medical Geography researchers from the University of Florida recently participated in a study that successfully predicted dengue fever outbreaks on the Caribbean island of Barbados, using climate data. Read More

SHARC at the Emerging Pathogens Institute

July 17, 2018 -- In 2016, the state of Florida was second only to California for the number of new HIV diagnoses, and it consistently ranks among the top three states for its rate of new infections. The Miami metro area in particular has the highest HIV infection rate in the country, and Jacksonville is also counted among the top ten cities in the United States for its HIV infection rate. Read More

Ancient virus may have given mammals the edge during dinosaur extinction era

July 10, 2018– GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A virus that incorporated itself into mammal genomes over 70 million years ago may have helped humanity’s ancestors survive the cataclysmic conditions that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous era. Read More

UF/IFAS Project Named a Finalist in National Community-Engagement Awards Competition

July 2, 2018– GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida-based project Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities helped coastal residents recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and prepare for future disasters. Read More

Two Mosquito Species Can Transmit New Chikungunya Virus in the Americas

June 19, 2018 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes from Florida and Brazil can transmit an Asian strain of chikungunya virus that’s emerging in North, South and Central America, a University of Florida scientist says. Read More

Postdoc in Lednicky Lab publishes article about Madariaga

June 25, 2018 -- Drs. Gabriela Blohm and John Lednicky wrote an article in The Conversation about how they identified a potentially dangerous pathogen while studying the Zika virus in Venezuela. Read More

Former Research Day speaker passes

June 25, 2018 -- The UF Emerging Pathogens Institute shares in the sorrow of the passing of Dr. Adel Mahmoud. Read More

Virus found in Florida resident may be widespread throughout the Southeast

June 18, 2018 -- A virus first found in Tampa Bay-area mosquitoes that appears to cause a rash and mild fever has been identified in humans for the first time, according to University of Florida researchers. Read More

Vector-borne diseases continue to plague the Caribbean

June 13, 2018 -- The number of vector-borne diseases acquired in the U.S. more than doubled between 2004 and 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported. But what does the future hold? Two studies published recently by University of Florida faculty members at the Emerging Pathogens Institute provide insight into this question, based on research conducted in Haiti. Read More

Arie Havelaar and collaborators invited to submit Bill and Melinda Gates proposals

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Researchers identify immune profiles that place people at risk of dengue

June 5, 2018 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For many viruses, contracting the pathogen can have a silver lining: The subsequent antibodies confer immunity against future infection. Read More

Nelson lab teaches COTS course in Haiti

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The social and spatial ecology of dengue presence and burden during an outbreak in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2012

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Melioidosis: An emerging infectious disease in the Americas

May 8, 2018 -- Once thought to live only in Southeast Asia, the bacteria that cause melioidosis are now known to exist in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Read More

Researchers solve chlamydia mystery; reveal possible new drug target

May 7, 2018 -- A research team led by a leading UF EPI scientist has solved a long-standing mystery related to the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Read More

Voices of Malaria

April 27, 2018 -- Dr. Rhoel Dinglasan discusses the importance of malaria research and what inspired him to search for treatments for the disease in "Voices of Malaria." Read More

EPI faculty members recognized for international achievements

April 26, 2018 -- Three members of the Emerging Pathogens Institute were recognized for their achievements in international research and education Wednesday at a UF/IFAS awards ceremony. Read More

EU report describes burden of infectious diseases on populace

April 23, 2018 -- A study of European infectious diseases published Thursday, April 19 found that one in 14 inhabitants of the European Union and the European Economic Area experience an infectious disease episode each year. Read More

$3.2 Million grant funds development of new malaria vaccine

March 29, 2018 -- Gainesville, Fla. --- The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund has awarded the University of Florida and partners in the United States and Japan $3.2 million to advance a promising vaccine to prevent transmission of malaria. Read More

How much seafood did you eat? Photos jog memory, aid scientific recommendations

March 28, 2018 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seafood can be a tasty source of protein that supports a healthy, balanced diet. But too much of anything is not always beneficial, said Anne Mathews, a food and human nutrition scientist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Read More

Toxic cholera bacteria flourish after heavy rains and persist at other times, researchers suggest

Monday, March 26, 2018 -- Vibrio cholerae O1, the bacterium that causes cholera infections, is capable of persisting in low-nutrient aquatic environments for decades, and while many studies have analyzed the bacteria’s effect on the body, how they survive in nature is less well understood. Read More

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

March 6, 2017 -- Read More

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