Presentation Title: «Mosquitos in the Sewer: Dengue in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria»
Presenter: Valerie Madera-García, Ph.D. Student, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
2018 Carson Scholar, Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow
Dengue virus fever is a disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and is endemic in Puerto Rico. Aedes aegypti are known to breed in fresh and clean water. However, Puerto Rico has reported an unusual production of more than 18,000 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from septic tanks in the southeastern part of the island. On September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by most catastrophic hurricane ever seen in the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria. This talk will describe the situation of Puerto Rico regarding Dengue cases and Aedes aegypti mosquito production in septic tanks before and after hurricane Maria. I will discuss my research objectives and the importance of developing tools, such as prediction models and spatial analysis, to mitigate the burden of Dengue transmission in Puerto Rico for the next hurricane season.
Valerie's talk is part of the Fall 2018 Borderlands Brewing Co. Science Café series — A Song of Ice (and Floods) and Fire: Consequences of a Changing Climate on Our Ecosystems and Societies. This series unites the “classical elements” of nature to uncover their diverse – and sometimes unexpected – impacts on ecosystems and human society, from the tropics to the poles to our home in the Sonoran desert.
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