Florida Vector-Borne Disease Alliance

17 02 2012

The second annual meeting of the Florida Vector-Borne Disease Alliance is scheduled for March 2, 2012 at the University of South Tampa. Global PBS, Inc. is a noted collaborator with the Alliance.

Vector-borne infectious diseases (VBIDs) are becoming a rising problem for healthcare in Florida and other tropical areas around the world.  Cases of locally acquired dengue fever have been reported in 33 residents in Monroe County and the Florida Keys, with the risk of expansion to Miami-Dade County.  There are also reports of clusters of humans and horses inflicted with Eastern Equine Encephalitis in central Florida, over 100 cases of malaria per year around the state, and even an increasing prevalence of Lyme disease, Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis around the southern region of the country.

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies also have the major incentive in being the first group to produce effective, long-lasting  drug treatments for diseases such as dengue fever, which would have a major influence on the international community.  With the help of a consortium of people from numerous areas of study, research, prevention, and drug discovery in the field of VBIDs can prosper and expand throughout the state and potentially the world

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Entomological Society of America – Annual meeting

15 12 2009

Our pest detection system will be featured December 15, 2009 in a presentation by Dr. Richard Mankin, research entomologist, to the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Indianapolis. The laboratory test platform being used by our scientific collaborators will determine the best detection methods to be included in any new ‘polymodal’ sensor types deployed for a specific pest target. Our system was designed with this flexibility to exhibit a ‘best method’ practice of detection in each case for nearly any harmful pest worldwide.