Light pollution drives increased risk of West Nile virus

By attracting birds and mosquitoes, light pollution is enhancing the likelihood that they’ll spread West Nile virus to animals and humans.

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Long-lived butterfly parasites can’t take the heat

Debilitating parasite spores that infect monarch butterflies can persist for years at cool temperatures, but are knocked out by heat.

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Disease Detectives

Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases researchers are working toward predicting future outbreaks by studying how hosts and parasites interact in the wild.

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Opinion: Preparing Now for the Next Great Pandemic

In a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, Dean John L. Gittleman urges global surveillance on the origins of viral transmission.

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Unusual flu season linked to more transmissible strain

The unusual 2019-2020 flu season in the U.S. was driven largely by a new, more transmissible strain of Type B influenza.

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Opinion: Act now to prevent overwhelming hospitals

Prof. John Drake and ER Dr. Jonathan Davis urge action to slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent overwhelming Georgia’s hospitals.

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Alumni News: Study identifies bird species that could spread Lyme disease

A study led by alumnus Daniel Becker, PhD ’17, just published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, identifies bird species with the potential to transmit the Lyme disease bacterium

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Toxic pollutants can impact wildlife disease spread

Exposure to toxic pollutants associated with human activities may be influencing the spread of infectious diseases in wildlife.

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Sicker livestock may increase climate woes

Climate change is affecting the spread and severity of infectious diseases—and infectious diseases may in turn be contributing to climate change.

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New UGA model highlights continued COVID-19 risks

A new model from the UGA Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases shows continued risk from the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

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