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UGA study explains peaks and troughs of dengue epidemics

rowth in developing nations is pushing more people into substandard housing in mosquito-infested areas. And the ease of travel brings the virus to areas that were previously dengue-free when a mosquito bites an infected traveler and then spreads it to others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aedes aegypti and the related Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) have the potential to spread dengue in sporadic outbreaks in the Southern and Southeastern United States.

Rohani said the same modeling techniques he and Wearing used to study dengue can help shed light on the transmission of other multi-strain diseases such as cholera, malaria and influenza. He calls a better understanding of such diseases, "one of the most important issues in public health and epidemiology in general."

"Until now, it's been very much a single-host, single-pathogen type of framework," Rohani said. "Now with avian influenza being very much on everyone's mind, we're beginning to realize that the genetic diversity of infectious agents is really important."


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