Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hitching a ride: riverboats play crucial role in spread of diseases

Pirogues_Madagascar image credit Bernard Gagnon

Boating on the river is generally thought to be a pleasant pastime, particularly if you believe the Wind in the Willows books. However, riverboats play a darker role in the spread of diseases such as sleeping sickness and dengue fever. We discuss here how riverboats have helped in spreading the Dengue vector, Aedes aegypti, in the Peruvian Amazon, and then how canoes can help turn the tables on the sleeping sickness-carrying tsetse fly in West Africa.

Biology Developing World Health Medicine