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.
In today’s economic climate there is an urgent need for economic tools and methodologies to adequately evaluate and demonstrate to national governments and investors the interconnectedness of Neglected Tropical Diseases and the broader development goals.
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.