Nov 042016

531st Monthly Meeting

November 18th, 2016

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

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  • 7:30pm, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)
  • Donald F. Jones Auditorium, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT 06504
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  • Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting



Speaker: Dr. Philip Armstrong, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Title: Mosquitoes and Zika Virus: Assessing the Threat

Abstract: Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and remained an obscure mosquito-borne virus until it spread to Brazil in 2015 where it infected unprecedented numbers of people and caused thousands of birth defects. The virus has subsequently spread to other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, and is expected to infect millions of people within this region.  In this presentation, Dr. Armstrong will give historical background about the global expansion of Zika virus, review the mosquito biology and transmission cycle of this virus, and discuss the potential for localized transmission in the U.S.

BIO: Dr. Armstrong received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991 and his doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998. He joined the faculty at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in 2004 to participate in the statewide mosquito surveillance program and develop his own research program on mosquito-borne viruses.  His current research focuses on the molecular evolution and ecology of mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in northeastern US, including eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.

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