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NZBEL 2020

As always we welcome feedback on our newsletters, if at any time you have some suggestions, or you would like to see any additional inclusions in the newsletter please let us know; "". We post news on our facebook page you can read the newsletter articles there too.

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Happy New Year! and Kia Ora Koutou,

NZBEL has proudly produced two new references for HPOs that can be found in the SMS web page. Sample sheet examplescontains examples on how to enter accurate information into the Online National Mosquito Surveillance Database. Processing tyres trapscontains a complete step by step guide on how to obtain the perfect larval samples to be sent to the lab. We hope you will find them very useful J


Kia Ora Koutou, This month, in the “know your mosquito section”, we have a unique rock-pool mosquito from New Zealand. Interestingly, the male adults are equipped with very long claws which are used to hold the emerging females during mating. Any ideas about which mosquito we are highlighting? In the news this month, scientists are testing the effectiveness and safety of an antibody against malaria. New research has found that rather than the insects flying towards the heat source, as previously thought, they actually fly away from the cold, and more...

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Kia Ora Koutou, this month we would like to express our gratitude to all of you that are dedicating your time and effort to help protect us all from COVID 19. We also want to say a big thanks to the Public Heath Units wonderful people for keeping the mosquito surveillance program up and running.

In the "Know your Mosquito" section, we have a very unusual looking mosquito, scroll down to meet Toxorhynchites brevipalpis. One male belonging to this species was found dead in Porirua.


Kia Ora Koutou, On April the 25th World Malaria Day was observed. Although tremendous efforts are being made against the disease, there are more than 200 million new cases of malaria each year. Increasing resistance to the older generation drugs means the need for new treatments is increasingly urgent. At present many countries are very close to completely eradicating malaria. However rainy seasons still result in outbreaks in areas with otherwise next to zero cases. This month we have prepared a special issue focused on malaria, including an infographic with key facts about the disease, the Plasmodium life cycle and of course, malaria-related news.

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