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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: 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: UF medical geography and EPI researchers 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, 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: 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: 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


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


Two Mosquito Species Can Transmit New Chikungunya Virus in the Americas

June 19, 2018: 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


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

June 11, 2018: EPI investigators receive prestigious invitation to submit research proposals. Read More


Researchers identify immune profiles that place people at risk of dengue

June 5, 2018: 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

May 31, 2018: Nelson lab travels to Haiti to educate students at the Université d’État d’Haiti Faculté de Médicine et de Pharmacie in Port au Prince on water-borne diseases. Read More


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

May 18, 2018: EPI Investigators publish paper on the social and spatial ecology of dengue in an Ecuadorean outbreak. Read More


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 plus 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 EPI 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 recent study of European infectious diseases 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: The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund has awarded $3.2 million to UF, and partners in the U.S. and Japan, to advance a promising vaccine for malaria transmission prevention. Read More


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

March 28, 2018: Seafood can be a tasty source of protein that supports a healthy, balanced diet. EPI teams up with IFAS to assess health risks versus benefits of consuming certain seafood products. Read More


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

March 26, 2018: EPI investigator Afsar Ali led a study characterizing how the pathogen that causes cholera persists in wild, low-nutrient aquatic environments for decades. Read More


Health in Africa Symposium Explores Causes of Child Stunting

March 1, 2018: EPI researchers Arie Havelaar and Sarah McKune discuss role of bacterial pathogens such as Campylobacter, in childhood stunting. Read More


Zika virus likely transmitted through breast milk, report finds

Feb. 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 led by EPI researcher John Lednicky. Read More


EPI Research Day 2018

Feb.15, 2018: Today 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

Jan. 31, 2018: EPI researcher Anthony Maurelli co-authored a chapter entitled “A Brief History of Shigella” as part of the electronic encyclopedia EcoSal Plus, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. Read More