Using Mathematics to Study the Potential for Emergence of Mosquito-borne Disease


Posted: Oct 06, 2016 - 12:00pm

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With Zika virus raising concerns around the United States about the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, the transmission of these viruses has become paramount in terms of how, when and where they are spread. Researchers at The University of New Mexico are using mathematics to try and learn more about the potential for emergence of mosquito-borne disease in metropolitan areas in the United States.

Working under the mentorship of University of New Mexico Associate Professor Helen Wearing, Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Robert in the Departments of Biology, and Mathematics and Statistics developed a mathematical model to study introduction and spread of mosquito-borne diseases in U.S. urbanized areas. The researchers highlighted the utility of this model by investigating the case of dengue fever in the Miami Urbanized Area (Miami UA), a region in which imported cases of dengue have been reported frequently in the past six years.

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