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Amy Y. Vittor

Amy Y. Vittor

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Florida
Dr. Amy Vittor is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at the University of Florida, where she studies the interface between vector-borne disease, land use and host immunity. Interested in understanding linkages between ecology and global health, she conducted her doctorate in public health in the Peruvian Amazon studying malaria and deforestation. She continued to work in global health during her medical training, treating patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, Kenya and Panama. While completing her clinical training, she studied dengue epidemiology in Kenya with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Nairobi as a Fogarty International Clinical and Research Fellow, and embarked on a collaboration with public health officials in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam on dengue and climate change. Following a novel outbreak of Madariaga virus in the Darien region of Panama, she spent a year with the Gorgas Memorial Institute investigating potential animal hosts and human epidemiology. At present, she continues to study ecological and immunological drivers of arboviral emergence in the Darien region of Panama, and attends on the Infectious Diseases consultation service at Shands hospital at UF.
Dr. Vittor received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, her PhD in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003, her MD from Stanford University in 2007, and completed her internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Jun 26, 2020 07:13 am UTC| Nature

The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark focus. These leaps often happens at the edges of the worlds tropical...

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