November 15, 2017
A Vector-borne Illness Case Study -- Illinois Man Nearly Dies from Tick Bite
Dr. Ken Runkle, Vector Control Program Manager for the IL Dept. of Public Health (and a partner of MCE-VBD) has published a case study of an immunocompromised person simultaneously infected with three tick-borne illnesses. No death involved, fortunately, but a good lesson for clinicians (and outdoorsy types), especially as MCE-VBD partners such as Mayo Clinic's Dr. Bobbi Pritt find increasingly many ticks that are carrying multiple pathogens.
November 9, 2017
Practical statistics and models to understand vector-borne diseases -- workshop Feb. 8-9 2018 now open for registration!
Statistics and modeling are powerful tools for studying, predicting, and perhaps controlling vector-borne disease (VBD), but many VBD-related professionals are either unfamiliar with these tools, uncomfortable with them, or both. If that describes you, please explore a newly developed workshop offered by three faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more here!
October 26, 2017
Profile of MCE-VBD Research Fellow Matthew Springer
It's not quite true that Matt Springer spent his summer working with rabbits, tigers, and ticks, but sort of... Read on to learn more!
October 18, 2017
Profile of MCE-VBD Research Fellow Mariah Schrack
Just as mosquitoes move from being water animals to creatures of the air, Mariah Schrack spent her MCE-VBD research fellowship with Professor Ryan Smith at Iowa State University living two very different lives.
October 16, 2017
Profile of MCE-VBD Research Fellow Bridget ("Bridie") Hulsebosch
Communities across the United States and around the world spend millions of dollars treating bodies of water with larvicides, chemicals designed to kill mosquito larvae or keep them from growing properly to adulthood. Given the cost of the practice, you might think there's good proof that it works, but evidence for larviciding is actually quite mixed. Working MCE-VBD-affiliated researcher Professor Justin Harbison (Loyola University) and Chicago-area public health partners, Bridie Hulsebosch spent summer 2017 trying to figure out what works, what doesn't, and why. Read on to see what she says about the experience.
October 13, 2017
Profile of MCE-VBD Research Fellow Tom Richards
Trapping and identifying thousands of mosquitoes is not everyone's cup of tea, but for Tom Richards, it's all in a day's (or summer's) work.
October 6, 2017
Outwitting nature's greatest killer
Nature's greatest killer is not the tiger or the great white shark, but (drum roll, please) the mosquito. This article, which quotes MCE-VBD co-director Professor Susan Paskewitz, explores the potential use of a technology called "gene drive" to eliminate mosquito-borne diseases. The technology is also being considered for use in creating mouse populations that are incapable of carrying (and passing to ticks) the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
October 5, 2017
MCE-VBD Hosts First Scientific and Public Health Advisory Board Meeting
The word "meeting" may not conjure much excitement, but at the first-ever meeting of MCE-VBD's scientific and public health advisory boards, there was genuine excitement in the air.