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NZBEL 2017

Welcome to 2017!
Where did 2016 go? We hope you enjoy the newsletters and welcome your interest and feedback, if at any time you have some suggestions, or you would like to see any additional inclusions in the newsletter please let us know; "taxonomy@nzbiosecure.net.nz".

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Welcome! A busy start to the year, with 12 suspected interceptions and more than 1200 samples received, well done to all! Included this month are some interesting articles on Yellow Fever, Malaria and discussion and development of GM mosquito release trials. Most interesting is the robotic trap and drone technology – how we would love to be involved in such trials.    What weather for mosquitoes! We have had a record number of Culex quinquefasciatus with almost 15,000 larvae! NZB has been in Northland this month with Debe Anderson who kindly put up some light traps with different coloured LEDs (blue, green and red) to check the effect of light colour for those of you who don’t use the incandescent light bulbs.

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Following the unpredictable 2017 NZ summer the mosquito numbers are also jumping up and down. We are currently receiving quite a lot of samples with many specimens after a relatively quiet period that was unusual for this time of the year. The Kaikoura earthquake in November and the resulting seafloor uplift have created numerous rockpools that are now used by Opifex fuscus to raise their offspring. Unfortunately, in the need of blood, they are invading the dwellings near the Kaikoura coastline.
 

As the weather continues a generally downward trend towards winter sample numbers have continued to decrease across the country. A brief weather respite for Auckland has led to a spike in interceptions which should hopefully become less frequent over the coming months. Malaria is the hot topic this month especially with WHO pilot trial for a vaccine. Farewell Julia thank you very much, and a very warm welcome Dr Mariana Musicante from us all.

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Kia Ora Koutou, Interceptions have become less frequent over the past month. Zika virus is still the hot topic this month especially after finding that a mosquito species from North America, Aedes vexans, has the capability to transmit the virus and some cases of Zika infection have been found in India. 

       

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