Amy Y Vittor

Amy Y Vittor, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Of Medicine

Department: MD-INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Business Phone: (352) 294-8687
Business Email: amy.vittor@medicine.ufl.edu

About Amy Y Vittor

Dr. Amy Vittor is an Assistant Professor at University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute where she studies the interface between vector-borne disease and land use. Her journey started with a research project on avian malaria and ecology in Costa Rica as an undergraduate. Wanting to delve deeper into the links between human disease and ecology, she pursued a doctorate in public health and conducted her thesis work in the Peruvian Amazon studying malaria and deforestation. She then became an infectious disease physician out of a desire to care for the patients she encountered as a researcher. While in medical training, she treated patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Panama. At present, she works on South American eastern equine encephalitis and land use in the Darien region of Panama, and attends on the infectious diseases service at Shands hospital. In addition, she collaborates with public health officials in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam on dengue and climate change, and has studied dengue in Kenya with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Nairobi as a Fogarty International Clinical Fellow.

Publications

2021
Blood Biomarkers for Detection of Brain Injury in COVID-19 Patients.
Journal of neurotrauma. 38(1):1-43 [DOI] 10.1089/neu.2020.7332. [PMID] 33115334.
2020
Endemic and Epidemic Human Alphavirus Infections in Eastern Panama: An Analysis of Population-Based Cross-Sectional Surveys.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 103(6):2429-2437 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0408. [PMID] 33124532.
2020
Evaluation of the malaria elimination policy in Brazil: a systematic review and epidemiological analysis study.
Tropical biomedicine. 37(2):513-535 [PMID] 33235398.
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2020
Multidrug Therapy for Leprosy Can Cure Patients with Lobomycosis in Acre State, Brazil: A Proof of Therapy Study.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0090. [PMID] 33200722.
2020
West Nile Virus-Induced Neurologic Sequelae-Relationship to Neurodegenerative Cascades and Dementias.
Current tropical medicine reports. 7(1):25-36 [DOI] 10.1007/s40475-020-00200-7. [PMID] 32775145.
2020
Clinical and Serological Findings of Madariaga and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Viral Infections: A Follow-up Study 5 Years After an Outbreak in Panama.
Open forum infectious diseases. 7(9) [DOI] 10.1093/ofid/ofaa359. [PMID] 33005697.
2018
Deforestation and vector-borne disease: Forest conversion favors important mosquito vectors of human pathogens
Basic and Applied Ecology. 26:101-110 [DOI] 10.1016/j.baae.2017.09.012.
2018
Human and Equine Infection with Alphaviruses and Flaviviruses in Panamá during 2010: A Cross-Sectional Study of Household Contacts during an Encephalitis Outbreak.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 98(6):1798-1804 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0679. [PMID] 29737271.
2018
Islands as Hotspots for Emerging Mosquito-Borne Viruses: A One-Health Perspective.
Viruses. 11(1) [DOI] 10.3390/v11010011. [PMID] 30585228.
2017
Does deforestation promote or inhibit malaria transmission in the Amazon? A systematic literature review and critical appraisal of current evidence.
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 372(1722) [DOI] 10.1098/rstb.2016.0125. [PMID] 28438914.
2016
Epidemiology of Emergent Madariaga Encephalitis in a Region with Endemic Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis: Initial Host Studies and Human Cross-Sectional Study in Darien, Panama.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 10(4) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004554. [PMID] 27101567.
2016
Serologic Evidence of the Geographic Distribution of Bacterial Zoonotic Agents in Kenya, 2007.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 94(1):43-51 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0320. [PMID] 26598574.
2015
Seroprevalence of Infections with Dengue, Rift Valley Fever and Chikungunya Viruses in Kenya, 2007.
PloS one. 10(7) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0132645. [PMID] 26177451.
2014
Conservation efforts and malaria in the Brazilian Amazon.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 90(4):591-4 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0323. [PMID] 24277787.
2014
Molecular Diagnosis of TB in the HIV Positive Population.
Annals of global health. 80(6):476-85 [DOI] 10.1016/j.aogh.2015.01.001. [PMID] 25960097.
2013
Eastern equine encephalitis in Latin America.
The New England journal of medicine. 369(8):732-44 [DOI] 10.1056/NEJMoa1212628. [PMID] 23964935.
2011
Improving the diagnosis of tuberculosis: From QuantiFERON to new techniques to diagnose tuberculosis infections.
Current HIV/AIDS reports. 8(3):153-63 [DOI] 10.1007/s11904-011-0083-7. [PMID] 21660459.
2009
Linking deforestation to malaria in the Amazon: characterization of the breeding habitat of the principal malaria vector, Anopheles darlingi.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 81(1):5-12 [PMID] 19556558.
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2006
Limited diversity of Anopheles darlingi in the Peruvian Amazon region of Iquitos.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 75(2):238-45 [PMID] 16896125.
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2006
The effect of deforestation on the human-biting rate of Anopheles darlingi, the primary vector of Falciparum malaria in the Peruvian Amazon.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 74(1):3-11 [PMID] 16407338.
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2000
Effects of environmental change on emerging parasitic diseases.
International journal for parasitology. 30(12-13):1395-405 [PMID] 11113264.
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Grants

Jun 2019 ACTIVE
Examining how blood meals from different vertebrate species influence the midgut microbiome of the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti, and its susceptibility to arboviral infections
Role: Consultant
Funding: UF RESEARCH
Apr 2016 ACTIVE
Heterologous immunity and host susceptibility to emerging alphaviral infections
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019-2021
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2020
PHC6937 Special Topics in Public Health
2018
PHC6722 Environmental and Global Health Research Methods Rotation
2018
MDT7090 Elective Topics
2018
VME7979 Advanced Research
2018
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2018
BMS6300 Fund Micro and Immuno

Contact Details

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