Follow-Up

Insect propellant

Within hours of reading in The New York Times that the West Nile virus had been isolated from a flamingo at The Bronx Zoo in the summer of 1999, Yale professor Durland Fish, Ph.D., was at the zoo, preparing to collect mosquitoes [Spring 2000, “To the Vector Go the Spoils”]. Since then, the disease has spread to 45 states, been diagnosed in 3,500 people and claimed 200 lives. As the virus has moved from anomaly to epidemic, Fish and his colleagues in the vector biology program have remained on the case.Now a grant to Fish will allow Yale to strengthen the nation’s response to vector-borne diseases like West Nile. With $1.3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the School of Public Health...

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