Galveston’s historic bouts with tropical diseases are intertwined with efforts to combat them, which eventually led to our world-renowned infectious disease research programs at UTMB Health, wrote Scott Weaver, director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, and scientific director of the Galveston National Laboratory. “Scientists at UTMB are working hard on new vaccines and treatments for dengue, but for now the most effective prevention is elimination of standing water sources in our yards and neighborhoods, such as discarded tires, appliances and cans. Thus, we can reduce our risk of dengue while making Galveston a more attractive place to live and work, both worthy goals that we all can support.”