Globally, mosquitoes have the propensity to severely impact public health by transmitting infectious agents that can lead to diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, and West Nile fever. To develop appropriate control and mitigation measures for controlling the spread of mosquito-borne disease, we need to better understand ecological influences on mosquitoes, including competition, predation, and interactions with the environment. Building novel and environmentally conscious strategies has become increasingly important under the threat of potential range expansion with climate change and increased global connectivity. As a result of this case study and answering the corresponding questions, readers will be able to identify modern approaches to mosquito control based on an ecological understanding of these disease vectors. Readers will actively engage in scenarios where they will balance trade-offs between public health and environmental health, while considering the breadth of factors involved in global mosquito control efforts.
Developing Effective Mosquito Control Strategies by Utilizing Vector Mosquito Life Histories and Ecology
Amanda G. Tokash-Peters, Ivan W. Tokash, Alberto J. Campos, Douglas C. Woodhams; Developing Effective Mosquito Control Strategies by Utilizing Vector Mosquito Life Histories and Ecology. Case Studies in the Environment 31 December 2019; 3 (1): 1–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/cse.2018.001743
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