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Two-step light gradient boosted model to identify human west nile virus infection risk factor in Chicago.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2024 West Nile virus (WNV), a flavivirus transmitted by mosquito bites, causes primarily mild symptoms but can also be fatal. Therefore, predicting and controlling the spread of West Nile virus is essential for public health in endemic areas. We hypothesized th ... Full text Cite

A Habitat Model for Disease Vector Aedes aegypti in the Tampa Bay Area, FloridA.

Journal Article Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association · June 2023 Within the contiguous USA, Florida is unique in having tropical and subtropical climates, a great abundance and diversity of mosquito vectors, and high rates of human travel. These factors contribute to the state being the national ground zero for exotic m ... Full text Cite

Modeling community COVID-19 transmission risk associated with U.S. universities.

Journal Article Scientific reports · January 2023 The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is among the worst in recent history, resulting in excess of 520,000,000 cases and 6,200,000 deaths worldwide. The United States (U.S.) has recently surpassed 1,000,000 deaths. Individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromi ... Full text Open Access Cite

Evaluation of an open forecasting challenge to assess skill of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease prediction.

Journal Article Parasites & vectors · January 2023 BackgroundWest Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne illness in the continental USA. WNV occurrence has high spatiotemporal variation, and current approaches to targeted control of the virus are limited, making forecasting a publ ... Full text Cite

Human biting mosquitoes and implications for West Nile virus transmission.

Journal Article Parasites & vectors · January 2023 BackgroundWest Nile virus (WNV), primarily vectored by mosquitoes of the genus Culex, is the most important mosquito-borne pathogen in North America, having infected thousands of humans and countless wildlife since its arrival in the USA in 1999. ... Full text Open Access Cite

Spatial evaluation of healthcare accessibility across archipelagic communities of Maluku Province, Indonesia.

Journal Article PLOS global public health · January 2023 The Maluku Province is an underdeveloped region in Indonesia with over 1,340 scattered islands. Due to the limited health facilities and transportation infrastructure, access to healthcare is very challenging. Here, we combined data from various sources to ... Full text Cite

Citizen Science as an Approach for Responding to the Threat of Anopheles stephensi in Africa

Journal Article Citizen Science: Theory and Practice · January 1, 2023 Even as novel technologies emerge and medicines advance, pathogen-transmitting mosquitoes pose a deadly and accelerating public health threat. Detecting and mitigating the spread of Anopheles stephensi in Africa is now critical to the fight against malaria ... Full text Cite

Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission at a large public university.

Journal Article Nature communications · June 2022 In Fall 2020, universities saw extensive transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among their populations, threatening health of the university and surrounding communities, and viability of in-person instruction. Here we report a case study at the University of Illinois ... Full text Open Access Cite

Lessons Learned from a Sustainability-Focused, Community-Based Learning: Green Fund Partnership

Journal Article Sustainability and climate change · February 1, 2022 Full text Cite

BIOMARKERS OF GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASE IN CHEETAHS (ACINONYX JUBATUS).

Journal Article Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians · September 2021 Gastrointestinal disease is a common clinical problem in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). It is reported that gastritis affects the vast majority of the captive population of cheetahs. Pancreatitis and acute and chronic enteritis have also been ... Full text Open Access Cite

A proposed framework for the development and qualitative evaluation of West Nile virus models and their application to local public health decision-making.

Journal Article PLoS neglected tropical diseases · September 2021 West Nile virus (WNV) is a globally distributed mosquito-borne virus of great public health concern. The number of WNV human cases and mosquito infection patterns vary in space and time. Many statistical models have been developed to understand and predict ... Full text Cite

Dynamics of data availability in disease modeling: An example evaluating the trade-offs of ultra-fine-scale factors applied to human West Nile virus disease models in the Chicago area, USA.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2021 BackgroundSince 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has moved rapidly across the United States, resulting in tens of thousands of human cases. Both the number of human cases and the minimum infection rate (MIR) in vector mosquitoes vary across time and sp ... Full text Open Access Cite

Effects of Scale on Modeling West Nile Virus Disease Risk.

Journal Article The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene · January 2021 Modeling vector-borne diseases is best conducted when heterogeneity among interacting biotic and abiotic processes is captured. However, the successful integration of these complex processes is difficult, hindered by a lack of understanding of how these re ... Full text Open Access Cite

Two-step light gradient boosted model to identify human west nile virus infection risk factor in Chicago.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2024 West Nile virus (WNV), a flavivirus transmitted by mosquito bites, causes primarily mild symptoms but can also be fatal. Therefore, predicting and controlling the spread of West Nile virus is essential for public health in endemic areas. We hypothesized th ... Full text Cite

A Habitat Model for Disease Vector Aedes aegypti in the Tampa Bay Area, FloridA.

Journal Article Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association · June 2023 Within the contiguous USA, Florida is unique in having tropical and subtropical climates, a great abundance and diversity of mosquito vectors, and high rates of human travel. These factors contribute to the state being the national ground zero for exotic m ... Full text Cite

Modeling community COVID-19 transmission risk associated with U.S. universities.

Journal Article Scientific reports · January 2023 The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is among the worst in recent history, resulting in excess of 520,000,000 cases and 6,200,000 deaths worldwide. The United States (U.S.) has recently surpassed 1,000,000 deaths. Individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromi ... Full text Open Access Cite

Evaluation of an open forecasting challenge to assess skill of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease prediction.

Journal Article Parasites & vectors · January 2023 BackgroundWest Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne illness in the continental USA. WNV occurrence has high spatiotemporal variation, and current approaches to targeted control of the virus are limited, making forecasting a publ ... Full text Cite

Human biting mosquitoes and implications for West Nile virus transmission.

Journal Article Parasites & vectors · January 2023 BackgroundWest Nile virus (WNV), primarily vectored by mosquitoes of the genus Culex, is the most important mosquito-borne pathogen in North America, having infected thousands of humans and countless wildlife since its arrival in the USA in 1999. ... Full text Open Access Cite

Spatial evaluation of healthcare accessibility across archipelagic communities of Maluku Province, Indonesia.

Journal Article PLOS global public health · January 2023 The Maluku Province is an underdeveloped region in Indonesia with over 1,340 scattered islands. Due to the limited health facilities and transportation infrastructure, access to healthcare is very challenging. Here, we combined data from various sources to ... Full text Cite

Citizen Science as an Approach for Responding to the Threat of Anopheles stephensi in Africa

Journal Article Citizen Science: Theory and Practice · January 1, 2023 Even as novel technologies emerge and medicines advance, pathogen-transmitting mosquitoes pose a deadly and accelerating public health threat. Detecting and mitigating the spread of Anopheles stephensi in Africa is now critical to the fight against malaria ... Full text Cite

Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission at a large public university.

Journal Article Nature communications · June 2022 In Fall 2020, universities saw extensive transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among their populations, threatening health of the university and surrounding communities, and viability of in-person instruction. Here we report a case study at the University of Illinois ... Full text Open Access Cite

Lessons Learned from a Sustainability-Focused, Community-Based Learning: Green Fund Partnership

Journal Article Sustainability and climate change · February 1, 2022 Full text Cite

BIOMARKERS OF GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASE IN CHEETAHS (ACINONYX JUBATUS).

Journal Article Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians · September 2021 Gastrointestinal disease is a common clinical problem in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). It is reported that gastritis affects the vast majority of the captive population of cheetahs. Pancreatitis and acute and chronic enteritis have also been ... Full text Open Access Cite

A proposed framework for the development and qualitative evaluation of West Nile virus models and their application to local public health decision-making.

Journal Article PLoS neglected tropical diseases · September 2021 West Nile virus (WNV) is a globally distributed mosquito-borne virus of great public health concern. The number of WNV human cases and mosquito infection patterns vary in space and time. Many statistical models have been developed to understand and predict ... Full text Cite

Dynamics of data availability in disease modeling: An example evaluating the trade-offs of ultra-fine-scale factors applied to human West Nile virus disease models in the Chicago area, USA.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2021 BackgroundSince 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has moved rapidly across the United States, resulting in tens of thousands of human cases. Both the number of human cases and the minimum infection rate (MIR) in vector mosquitoes vary across time and sp ... Full text Open Access Cite

Effects of Scale on Modeling West Nile Virus Disease Risk.

Journal Article The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene · January 2021 Modeling vector-borne diseases is best conducted when heterogeneity among interacting biotic and abiotic processes is captured. However, the successful integration of these complex processes is difficult, hindered by a lack of understanding of how these re ... Full text Open Access Cite

Sustainability Impacts of Installing Low-Flow Toilets in a University Residence Hall

Journal Article Sustainability (United States) · April 1, 2020 This study evaluates the sustainability impact of replacing inefficient toilets with low-flow units in a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate student initiated this project through the university's Green Fund, which supports in ... Full text Open Access Cite

A 15 Year Evaluation of West Nile Virus in Wisconsin: Effects on Wildlife and Human Health.

Journal Article International journal of environmental research and public health · March 2020 West Nile virus (WNV) is the most important and widespread mosquito-borne virus in the United States (U.S.). WNV has the ability to spread rapidly and effectively, infecting more than 320 bird and mammalian species. An examination of environmental conditio ... Full text Cite

The drivers of West Nile virus human illness in the Chicago, Illinois, USA area: Fine scale dynamic effects of weather, mosquito infection, social, and biological conditions.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2020 West Nile virus (WNV) has consistently been reported to be associated with human cases of illness in the region near Chicago, Illinois. However, the number of reported cases of human illness varies across years, with intermittent outbreaks. Several dynamic ... Full text Cite

Historical Expansion of Kyasanur Forest Disease in India From 1957 to 2017: A Retrospective Analysis.

Journal Article GeoHealth · February 2019 A highly infectious tick-borne virus causes Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD), which has been expanding in recent decades in India. Current studies do not provide an updated understanding of the disease trends and its expansion in India. We address this gap in ... Full text Cite

Standardized Operational Evaluations of Catch Basin Larvicides from Seven Mosquito Control Programs in the Midwestern United States During 2017.

Journal Article Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association · June 2018 During June to September 2017, 7 mosquito control programs in the midwestern United States evaluated a total of 9 catch basin larvicide formulations using similar protocols. Treated basins were monitored among study sites to observe when larvicides failed ... Full text Cite

Supercooling points of diapausing forest tent caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) eggs

Journal Article Canadian Entomologist · October 1, 2016 Forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Hübner; Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) is a widely distributed defoliator that undergoes intermittent outbreaks. It overwinters as pharate larvae within egg bands, is univoltine, and experiences low winter temperat ... Full text Open Access Cite

Effects of winter temperatures, spring degree-day accumulation, and insect population source on phenological synchrony between forest tent caterpillar and host trees

Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management · February 15, 2016 Global climate change has the potential to dramatically alter multiple ecosystem processes, including herbivory. The development rates of both plants and insects are highly sensitive to temperature. Although considerable work has examined the effects of te ... Full text Open Access Cite

Effects of exercise training and amino-acid supplementation on body composition and physical performance in untrained women.

Journal Article Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.) · November 2000 The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of 6 wk of essential amino acid (EAA) supplementation on body composition and exercise performance in untrained women (n = 21). Subjects were randomly assigned to a placebo (cellulose) or an EAA (avera ... Full text Cite