llnesses such as mumps, flu, and chickenpox among migrants detained in America or sheltered at the U.S.-Mexico border have raised concerns surrounding their treatment and care. But as temperatures warm up, there's another potential health threat looming for travelers into and out of the U.S.: mosquitoes. Kacey Ernst, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the UA who primarily studies mosquito-borne illnesses as well as some vaccine-preventable diseases, says among her concerns is the possible transmission of tropical diseases such as dengue and Zika to highly susceptible populations.
Most of the world’s population now lives in cities and demands clean air and water as well as safe and secure food and energy. The UA has expertise in topics such as sustainable built environments, urban green space and biodiversity, transportation, energy, and wastewater treatment that support the design and management of more livable cities, especially in arid environments. The campus also strives to be a model and partner for sustainability within the city of Tucson.