UF Researchers Zero in on Potential Threat of New Mosquito Virus

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A virus responsible for an illness outbreak in Venezuela is spreading to other parts of the Americas, says a University of Florida (UF) scientist who is closely monitoring the Mayaro virus. Even though the virus hasn’t infected anyone in Florida or the U.S., Barry Alto, an associate professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is studying whether mosquitoes common in Florida can transmit the Mayaro virus to humans.

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