Next Science Café Cleveland to address mosquito-borne diseases

Science Cafe Cleveland LogoThe next Science Café Cleveland will feature a discussion on mosquito-borne diseases, which have shaped the human genome, society and history.

Risk of acquiring these infections depends on the types and distribution of mosquitoes in a region, and the presence—or introduction—of the infectious organism.

Over time, much progress has been made against many infections and their associated diseases, such as lymphatic filariasis, malaria, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis.

While mosquito control has played an important role in these successes, the benefit of effective medications, vaccines and diagnostics have been significant. There also are infections in which control and elimination is less practical given current tools.

Daniel Tisch, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, and Ronald Blanton, professor of global health and diseases will address the topic in their talk, titled “There is more to mosquito-borne diseases than Zika.”

The talk will be held Monday, May 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Music Box Supper Club Concert Hall (1148 Main Ave.).

The CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and the Music Box Supper Club sponsor Science Café Cleveland.

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