UA Science Café at Borderlands Brewing Company – 'Mosquitos in the Sewer: Dengue in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria'
Presenter: Valerie Madera-Garcia, Ph.D. student, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Carson Scholars Program Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow
Talk: "Mosquitos in the Sewer: Dengue in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria"
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 aegyptimosquitoes from septic tanks in the southeastern part of the island. On Sept. 20, 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by the most catastrophic hurricane ever seen in the Caribbean, Maria. This talk will describe the situation of Puerto Rico regarding dengue cases and Aedes aegyptimosquito production in septic tanks before and after Hurricane Maria. Madera-Garcia will discuss her 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.
Science Café at Borderlands Brewing Company 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.
About Science Cafés: Science Cafés, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate café series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.