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How mosquitoes die matters for malaria control

A geography researcher at the Emerging Pathogens Institute recently published a study calling for caution in estimating the impact of mosquito control on malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

Gates foundation grant to help UF researchers in Haiti

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers from the University of Florida will be better armed to fight cholera and malaria in Haiti. Both diseases pose serious public health threats to the population.

New study eases fears of airborne Ebola

At the peak of the Ebola epidemic last fall came a frightening new possibility: a mutation that could allow the disease to spread through the air. Now University of Florida researchers have dispelled this concern using data from current and past Ebola outbreaks.

The deepwater horizon oil spill, five years later

On Monday, the Emerging Pathogens Institute partnered up with UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education, and Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities Project to host “Five Years Later — Lessons Learned from the Deepwater.” The event took place at 6 p.m. in The Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

UF/IFAS awarded funding to fight citrus greening

Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded more than $13.4 million for four studies to help fight citrus greening, the devastating disease that threatens Florida’s $10 billion citrus industry.

Caribbean spiny lobsters create safe havens to avoid disease

Spiny lobsters practice “behavioral immunity” to create safe havens that prevent them from contracting a lethal disease in the wild, an important finding for the $50 million annual spiny lobster fishery in Florida, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Florida scientist.

UF researchers grow norovirus in human cells

University of Florida researchers have grown a human norovirus in a cell culture dish, finally opening the door to developing medications for fighting the intestinal scourge that strikes tens of millions every year in schools, hotels and cruise ships worldwide.

Ebola 101: outbreak and response

On Sept. 29, the Emerging Pathogens Institute presented an overview of Ebola and the recent outbreak to the Florida Congressional Delegation and the Board of Governors. With the number of Ebola cases growing exponentially, EPI believes it is important to be informed on the disease and how it is spreading in West Africa and all around the world.

Local health officials report spike in flu-related hospitalizations, deaths

The number of severe flu cases in North Central Florida has escalated in recent months, and UF Health Shands Hospital has had a striking increase in influenza-related hospitalizations, with more than 150 admissions and a dozen deaths since late October, UF Health and county public health officials reported today.