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UA College of Public Health awarded more than $3 million to track mosquito-borne illnesses


The National Institutes of Health awarded Kacey Ernst more than $3 million in 2012 for research to prevent mosquito-borne infectious diseases that cause malaria and dengue.

Kacey Ernst, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor of epidemiology in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, was awarded a $376,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop community based solutions to improve malaria prevention and control efforts in Kenya. This is the third NIH grant – totaling more than $3 million – awarded to Ernst in 2012 for research related to the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

Ernst already is leading a UA team to track populations of the mosquito that carry the virus that causes dengue in Mexico and Southern Arizona. She also is principal investigator of a study collecting data on the mosquito in Key West, Fla., a hard-hit area. The data will be compared to data collected into Tucson.

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