As climatic conditions and population growth causes frequent infectious disease outbreaks, a new study shows limited availability of software tools that can accurately forecast risks.
The long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum is a keystone species. Coral reefs rely on healthy sea urchins to eat algae so coral can thrive. Healthy coral means healthy fish, and their positive impacts continue up the food chain.
For this core group of PHHP researchers, who are also members of UF’s Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, Water Institute and Emerging Pathogens Institute, there is an urgent need to identify emerging contaminants in Florida’s waters, assess their impact and use that data to inform local, state and federal agencies.
UF mathematician Burton Singer contributed to a conceptual framework that can link physiological factors related to stress with negative health outcomes following natural disasters.
UF professor of marine ecology Donald Behringer may not have set out to become a leader in the growing field of marine disease ecology, but with each new discovery he grew into one.
A warming world will shift arboviruses, such as Zika virus, into new areas where human populations are susceptible to infection.
When Hurricanes Irma and Maria lashed the Caribbean in 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands experienced devastation similar to Puerto Rico, including massive disruption to their healthcare system, but with less media fanfare. The extent of damage unleashed by these storms on medical care in the U.S. Virgin Islands is only now coming into focus, thanks to research by UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute Director J. Glenn Morris and College of Medicine Interim Dean Adrian Tyndall.
EPI researcher and medical geographer Sadie Ryan led a study that uses innovative maps to show how a warming world will open up new land regions, and the half billion people or more who inhabit them, to mosquito-borne diseases such as yellow fever, Zika, dengue and chikungunya over the next 30 years.
EPI investigator Afsar Ali led a study characterizing how the pathogen that causes cholera persists in wild, low-nutrient aquatic environments for decades.
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.