The tiny mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet, infecting 700 million people world wide with a variety of diseases, and killing up to a million each year. Matthew Aliota has devoted his career to better understanding this pervasive insect killer. The University of Wisconsin recently named Aliota their winner of the 2017 “Forward Under 40” prize, which honors scholars and scientists under the age of 40. Aliota was one of the first to detect the American outbreak of Zika virus in 2015, and he thinks we can do a better job of predicting and preparing for mosquito-born outbreaks. Matthew Aliota joins 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing, on the phone for this interview.