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NZBEL 2019

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This January we have recorded even more mosquitoes than this same month last year and February is looking warm and cosy for mozzies, so get ready for more!

In the news, scientist are finding new and quick ways to detect vector-borne diseases in patients and researchers have found a molecule made by a bacteria found in soil nematodes that can repel mosquitoes as effectively as DEET. Don't forget to visit our direct access to risk maps and disease outbreaks.


Kia Ora Koutou. This monthCulex quinquefasciatus larvae have achieved a new record with 20938 individuals recorded in 10 DHBs, that is 21% more than last year (Table 1, Figure 1). 

In the news; More evidence relating anthropogenic climate change and increasing mosquito numbers and diseases, Scientist found that the Zika virus has been circulating in Thailand for at least 16 years and Mosquitoes help find new hearing mechanisms not related to eardrums. 

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In the news this month, in Singapore the number of people infected with dengue is three times higher than last year same period, researches are getting closer to a dengue vaccine and to the understanding of how mosquitoes perceive humans.In the section “Spot the difference” delight your senses with a mosquito larval samples. If your larval sample looks like that one in the picture you are on the correct track.


Kia Ora Koutou. This month on April the 25thwas the World Malaria Day, an international observance that recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Scroll down to watch a message from Dr Tedros, Director-General of World Health Organisation. In the news this month, researchers found that sensory hairs on the mosquitoes’ legs respond to DEET and repel mosquitoes which are landing to blood feed. Recent laboratory experiments have demonstrated that a range of mosquito-borne pathogens can be detected in mosquito excreta, and more.

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Kia Ora Koutou. As the weather continues a generally downward trend towards winter, mosquito numbers have decreased. In the news this month, the first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in immunisation programmes in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya, while Algeria and Argentina are recognised as being malaria-free, researchers found out what the main vectors for West Nile virus are in Iowa, and more!


Kia Ora Koutou - Winter has finally arrived and the drop in temperatures has also brought about a significant reduction in positive samples across the country. As colder months are with us the “know your mosquito” segment this month is dedicated to the endemic species Aedes antipodeus that thrives in the winter months.

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Kia Ora Koutou - As winter is here the mosquito numbers are still low, but, as you may have noticed, higher than last year this month and last month. In any case it is a very good time to prepare all your equipment for summer. So, if your Light trap has not been checked this year then now is the perfect moment to contact us and have it done (


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It was great to meet in person many HPOs during the Border Health and Ship Sanitation Course here in Wellington. We hope you enjoyed all the vector related activities as we certainly did.

In the news, this month scientists have discovered a hidden Zika outbreak in Cuba. A team of researchers have created the Malaria Cell Atlas. Also, read about how Aedes albopictushas spread from its native range to Europe.  This month in the Know your Mosquito section meet Culex tritaeniorhynchus, the main vector of Japanese Encephalitis in Asia.

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