With more than 30 years of experience in public health and pathogen related fields, Morris’ initiatives include work with cholera and other diarrheal diseases; arboviruses and other viral diseases, including SARS-CoV-2; and antimicrobial resistance. His studies range from basic work on evolutionary genetics, epidemiology and pathogen surveillance to use of real-world data and bioinformatics to develop predictive mathematical models for disease transmission within populations.
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SARS-COV-2 Virus Isolated From Air Within A Car
University of Florida online
Senior author J. Glenn Morris, Jr., M.D., M.P.H & T.M., who directs UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, says the findings underscore the importance of wearing a mask when using public transportation or sharing a vehicle with another person. Their work is currently posted on the medRxiv preprint server and is publicly available.
Injections Of Second Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Have Begun
"In the United States, we are still struggling in many ways with our ability to simply get the vaccine into people's arms, so the second dose adds further difficulties," says Dr. Glenn Morris, director of Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.
Without Rapid Tests, COVID Will Be Hard To Control In Schools, Says UF Expert
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Schools are reopening across Florida, with a range of safety measures in place to guard against coronavirus. But one key component is missing: the ability to quickly get test results for students and staff. WUSF's Kerry Sheridan spoke with Dr. Glenn Morris, director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, about why that's a critical concern.
The Big Picture: Epi's Director Speaks About The Covid-19 Pandemic
University of Florida online
The Emerging Pathogens Institute was formed in 2006 to bring researchers across disciplines together with the goal of better understanding and anticipating new disease-causing microorganisms that affect people, plants and animals. Much of its research is focused globally, with an eye toward what might affect the State of Florida. But for the first time, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a widespread outbreak right up to the institute's doors.
Virus found in Florida resident may be widespread throughout the Southeast
UF Health online
“Although the virus has never previously been found in humans, the infection may actually be fairly common in North Florida,” said J. Glenn Morris, M.D., M.P.H., director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and corresponding author of the report on the virus published June 9 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Exploring convolutional neural networks and spatial video for on-the-ground mapping in informal settlementsInternational Journal of Health Geographics
The health burden in developing world informal settlements often coincides with a lack of spatial data that could be used to guide intervention strategies. Spatial video (SV) has proven to be a useful tool to collect environmental and social data at a granular scale, though the effort required to turn these spatially encoded video frames into maps limits sustainability and scalability.
Orthobunyaviruses in the Caribbean: Melao and Oropouche virus infections in school children in Haiti in 2014PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
We report the identification of two orthobunyaviruses, Melao virus (MELV) and Oropouche virus (OROV), in plasma specimens from Haitian children with acute febrile illness who presented during outbreaks caused by alpha- and flaviviruses in 2014. Heretofore not described as a human pathogen, MELV was isolated in cell culture from the plasma of five case patients. OROV RNA was detected in the plasma of an additional child, using an unbiased sequencing approach, with phylogenetic inference suggesting a close relationship with strains from Brazil.
Isolation of SARS-CoV-2 from the air in a car driven by a COVID patient with mild illnessInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
To determine if viable virus could be isolated from the air within a car driven by a patient infected with SARS-CoV-2, and to assess the size range of the infectious particles.
SARS-CoV-2 Positivity on or After 9 Days Among Quarantined Student Contacts of Confirmed CasesJAMA
Schools reopened during the fall of 2020 with various approaches to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 infection. At that time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a 14-day quarantine without testing for close contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
An Outbreak of COVID-19 Among H-2A Temporary Agricultural WorkersAmerican Journal of Public Health (AJPH)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, attention has focused on outbreaks in meatpacking and other food production facilities. However, substantive problems have also arisen among agricultural worker populations, including temporary workers brought to the United States under H-2A visas. H-2A workers face the same environmental and occupational health risks as all farmworkers but may be even more vulnerable because they have less control over their living and working environments.