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Arbovirus detection

UF researchers are collaborating with Dr. Erum Khan to develop arbovirus detection capability in her lab in Karachi, Pakistan.

UF researchers are collaborating with Dr. Erum Khan to develop arbovirus detection capability in her lab in Karachi, Pakistan.

John Lednicky, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of environmental and global health, and fellow UF researchers are working with Erum Khan, FCPS, an associate professor of microbiology at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, to develop an arbovirus detection capability in Khan’s laboratory. Arboviruses are spread by insects, primarily mosquitoes and ticks, and cause diseases such as yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya. Co-principal investigator Maureen Long, Ph.D., D.V.M., an associate professor of infectious diseases and pathology at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, and doctoral student Dhani Prakoso developed protocols and transferred technology for real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction detection of chikungunya virus and four subtypes of dengue viruses. The work is supported by a grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.