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UT Professor Rebecca Trout Fryxell Discusses the Rise of a Mosquito-Borne Virus in Appalachia February 9

Rebecca Trout Fryxell, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, will present “A Mosquito-Borne Virus Unique to Appalachia and East Tennessee” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, February 9.

In the United States, La Crosse encephalitis (symptoms include brain swelling) is the leading mosquito-borne viral disease among children, and its incidence is rising in the southern Appalachian region. Professor Trout Fryxell will share surveillance efforts for La Crosse virus and recently developed tools to explain why La Crosse virus is so widespread. She will also present a new hypotheses for its shift to southern Appalachia.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, February 9 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.


Photo credit CDC.