Workers in agriculture, fisheries and forestry are among those at greatest risk nationally for injury and work-related health problems. Additionally, work-related fatalities are nearly seven times higher in these industries compared to all other industries in the United States. With the goal of reducing the incidence and severity of chronic and acute health and safety problems in these occupational groups, the University of Florida’s Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, or SCCAHS, has been awarded $7 million in renewed funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New funding will help close gaps in infectious disease outbreak modeling.
UF biostatistician Ira Longini offers an expert opinion in The Lancet, along with colleagues, on the role of vaccination in reducing monkeypox viral evolution.
Experts in viral evolution and artificial intelligence are teaming up to create an algorithm capable of predicting novel coronavirus variants before they become public health threats. They will also study how the coronavirus mutates in people coinfected with HIV and COVID-19 to better understand how variants emerge.
A UF medical geographer is co-leading a new institute funded by the National Science Foundation to study emerging viruses.
University of Florida researchers are refining wastewater surveillance techniques—a public health tool dating to the 1940s—to monitor cities, neighborhoods, and individual buildings for traces of COVID-19, fentanyl, and pesticides.
A UF mathematician collaborates with Yale School of Public Health researchers to evaluate the agreement of results between PCR testing and 18 commercially available rapid antigen tests for decision-making in remote work settings on when to end an individual's quarantine.
UF researchers find particles from virus that causes COVID are transported beyond quarantine spaces due to airborne nature.
A UF team studying mosquito- and tick-borne diseases was awarded $10 million from the CDC for an additional five years of research. Many of the team members are affiliated with the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute.
UF researchers determined how long children remain infectious with the omicron viral variant after receiving a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2.