West Nile Virus in the Upper Midwest
Since 2004, Dr. Tony Goldberg's lab has studied West Nile virus in the Upper Midwest. The focus is on a study site in the west Chicago suburbs. The lab has identified key aspects of the urban environment that increase viral transmission and has built predictive models of West Nile virus transmission that can be applied to other similar environments. As climates change, Wisconsin may become more like Illinois and other locations to the south. The information protects the health of Wisconsin's citizens by allowing us to predict and prevent West Nile virus "hotspots," such as currently occur in Chicago. The results will also help prevent the spread of other similar diseases. This project is part of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.