April 10, 2017 | Research News
New model maps likelihood of Ebola spillovers
Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model that maps the likelihood of Ebola virus "spillovers" — when the virus jumps from its long-term host to humans or animals such as great apes — across Africa on a month-by-month basis.
March 31, 2017 | Research News
Parasitic wasp may aid battle against diseases spread by mosquitoes
Scientists at the University of Georgia are using lessons learned from a parasitic wasp to gain insights into how mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria and the Zika virus, evade detection by their hosts' immune systems, enabling them infect other animals, including humans.
March 7, 2017 | Research News
Deadly raccoon roundworm can infect humans without symptoms, new UGA study finds
Although this "raccoon roundworm" was believed to cause severe problems and even death in people who become infected, a new University of Georgia study shows that's not always the case.
February 27, 2017 | Research News
More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika
Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
December 19, 2016 | Research News
White ibis salmonella shedding increases with urbanization, new UGA study finds
The more urbanized a place is, the more white ibises there are carrying salmonella-the same kind that can make people sick, a new University of Georgia study has found.
December 5, 2016 | Research News
New survey shows only half of people plan to get flu shots this year
Americans are split on getting an annual flu shot, with four out of 10 having done so in the past year and around half saying they had already received or were planning to get the vaccine this year, according to new national survey data analyzed by University of Georgia researchers.
November 1, 2016 | Research News
Study explains factors that influence the timing of infectious disease outbreaks
The delay between the time when a disease outbreak becomes possible and when it actually happens depends chiefly on how frequently infection is introduced to the population and how quickly the number of cases caused by a single individual increases, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
October 19, 2016 | Research News
Neurodevelopmental model of Zika may provide rapid answers
A newly published study from researchers working in collaboration with the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia demonstrates fetal death and brain damage in early chick embryos similar to microcephaly-a rare birth defect linked to the Zika virus, now alarming health experts worldwide.
September 21, 2016 | Research News
Researcher receives $5.2 million to develop affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease
An international team of researchers led by infectious disease experts at the University of Georgia has received $5.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more accurate, affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that kills more than 50,000 people each year in Central and South America.
August 30, 2016 | Research News
UGA researchers discover a drug for a tropical disease
Researchers at the University of Georgia are working to find the fastest way possible to treat and cure human African trypanosomiasis, long referred to as sleeping sickness. By working to improve chemical entities already tested in human clinical trials, they hope to have a faster route to field studies to treat the disease using drugs that can be administered orally to patients.
July 21, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases
Ecologists at the University of Georgia are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a paper published in Ecology Letters, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space—can provide valuable insights about disease.
July 14, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists identify potential new sources of Ebola and other filoviruses
An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses-a family that includes Ebola virus. Writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they suggest that areas where many of these species overlap, notably in Southeast Asia, should be targeted for disease surveillance and virus discovery efforts.
June 15, 2016 | Research News
UGA graduate student receives Schlumberger Fellowship to study tuberculosis transmission
University of Georgia doctoral student María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research on tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala.
June 8, 2016 | Research News
Sexual transmission of Ebola likely to impact course of outbreaks
Sexual transmission of the Ebola virus could have a major impact on the dynamics of the disease, potentially reigniting an outbreak that has been contained by public health interventions, according to research by University of Georgia ecologists just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
May 2, 2016 | Research News
Diagnosing mononucleosis: UGA’s Mark Ebell works to expedite proper treatment
The University of Georgia's Mark Ebell wasn't impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s. He still isn't—a subject he discusses in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.