Monthly Archives: September 2021

Traditional surveillance approaches in collaboration with citizen science improves the known distribution of invasive Aedes japonicus in Spain

Aedes japonicus adult mosquito. Source: James Gathany, CDC, Public Domain.

Surveillance and monitoring of invasive species by public health agencies is often directed at international points of entry, however, using a complementary approach of traditional surveillance and citizen-based surveillance programs provides a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective approach that can increase the rapidity and accuracy of invasive species detection.

Biology Health Technology

Macaques and mosquitoes

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COVID-19 is just one of the many infectious diseases that has been transmitted to humans from wild animals. Another zoonotic disease is a species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium knowlesi. It is present in different species of macaques, and can be transmitted through the bite of specific Anopheles mosquitoes. By studying the ecology and behaviour of these mosquitoes, we can understand how different environmental conditions can pose an increased risk of zoonotic malaria transmission to humans.

Biology Health