- Chris Arme, Keele University
ResearchBoth WHO and CDC bioassays give similar results with regard to mosquito susceptibility to insecticides in southern Benin. There is a complementarity between both methods, however, some specificities were noted for each. Image: Comparison of the standard WHO susceptibility tests and the CDC bottle bioassay : :
ReviewWe reviewed diversity and functions of mosquito-associated bacteria. New opportunities for exploiting bacterial function for vector control are highlighted. Image: The endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia in the cytoplasm of a cell of Aedes albopictus.
ResearchThis study was conducted to measure Biogents-SentinelTM (BGS) recapture rates of Aedes aegypti to create a push-pull mechanism that will reduce the probability of human-vector contact. Image: Screen house.
ResearchExposure to pyriproxyfen for 30 minutes at 3 mg AI/m2 is shown to sterilise Anopheles arabiensis when exposed the day after blood-feeding during their egg development/resting phase. Optimisation of pyriproxyfen exposure could lead to a novel mosquito sterilisation method for malaria vector control. Image: Anopheles arabiensis undergoing exposure to pyriproxyfen or control conditions via treated glass bottles.
ResearchThis study shows the recently endemic characteristics of infantile visceral leishmaniasis in China, which has been ignored for some time and emerged as a severe threat to infants in endemic areas. Image: A courtyard in Kashgar, where unprotected infants were exposed in summer.
ResearchFish raised in aquaculture ponds are often infected with fish-borne zoonotic trematodes and we tried to use black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) for biological control of the intermediate host snails in nursery ponds in Northern Vietnam. The black carp consumes large amounts of freshwater snails and does reduce snail density in these ponds. Image: Pharyngeal teeth of black carp.
ResearchTransmission dynamics of S. japonicum to account for seasonal variation and the effectiveness of the control strategy adopted in Xingzi county, China were introduced, after the explicit formula of the basic reproduction ratio for the SV-modified Barbour?s model was derived. Image: The main definitive bovine host of Schistosoma japonicum in marshland of Xingzi country, China.
ResearchThe seroprevalences of Toxoplasma gondii were 25.0% and 23.6% in slaughtered horses and donkeys, respectively, in Liaoning province, northeastern China using the modified agglutination test (MAT), which raises public health concern in this region. Image: Horse, the intermediate host of Toxoplasma gondii.
ResearchThis study investigated avian haemosporidian parasite (Plasmodium spp., Haemoproteus spp. and Leucocytozoon spp.) prevalence and distribution in great tits based on environmental conditions, primarily brought about by altitudinal differences. Image: The great tit (Parus major).
ResearchThe study provides a method to identify these areas and risk factors for persistent infected snail presence through spatio-temporal analysis, and could assist in designing evidence-based control strategies for schistosomiasis elimination. Image: Directional distribution of infected snails in different years.
ResearchMosquitoes that bite people outdoors can sustain malaria transmission even where effective indoor interventions such as bednets are already widely used. We evaluated a prototype mosquito control device, the Mosquito Landing Box (MLB), which has potential against outdoor-biting mosquitoes in communities where LLINs are used. To be most effective, candidate contaminants must be those that are effective at ultra-low doses even after short contact periods, since important vector species such as An. arabiensis make only brief visits to such devices. Image: Diagram of the Mosquito Landing Box, a new outdoor mosquito control tool which is baited with human odours and treated with mosquitocidal agents.
ResearchAnopheles species associations in south east Asia are successfully identified using asymmetrical similarity coefficients, indirect clustering and indicator species. Additionally, vegetation indices could discriminate two-third of sites grouped per species similarities. Image: Anopheles associations in south east Asia.
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Manuscripts on all aspects of the basic and applied biology of parasites, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens will be considered. In addition to the traditional and well-established areas of science in these fields, we also aim to provide a vehicle for publication of the rapidly developing resources and technology in parasite, intermediate host and vector genomics and their impacts on biological research. We are able to publish movies and also large datasets and extensive results, frequently associated with genomic and post-genomic technologies, which are not readily accommodated in traditional journals. Manuscripts addressing broader issues, for example economics, social sciences and global climate change in relation to parasites, vectors and disease control, are also welcomed.
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Schistosomiasis japonica: Transmission patterns and modeling of basic reproduction rate
Published: 16 May 2013
8th Symposium on Canine Vector-Borne Diseases
Published: 15 April 2013
Last updated: 1 May 2013
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Last updated: 25 March 2013
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