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NZBEL 2022

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January 2022 documentsmall-615


February 2022 documentsmall-615

Kia Ora Koutou, 
It’s been a warm start to the new year and a busy mosquito season! In the last newsletter, we looked at artificial containers as breeding habitats for mosquitoes and learned what items may be breeding mosquitoes in our backyards. This month, our Know Your Breeding Habitat segment is focusing on the naturally occurring containers that become habitats for mosquitoes. In mosquito news, hear the buzz about two different ways that researchers are using acoustic data to learn more about mosquitoes and new methods of mosquito control. Sounds interesting!

Kia ora koutou,

In the Know Your Mosquito segment this month learn about Aedes tormentor, a crepuscular exotic mosquito which is undistinguishable from Aedes atlanticus. In mosquito news, read about the relentless spread of malaria caused by the “super-mosquito” Anopheles stephensi which thrives and breeds easily in urban areas unlike the most common malaria-carrying mosquitoes, which mostly afflicts rural areas. Also, read about the spread of Japanese Encephalitis in mainland Australia, and don’t miss the RNZ podcast about Opifex fuscus, our very interesting and unique rock pool mosquito!

March 2022 documentsmall-615


April 2022 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, it was great meeting Trainees and HPOs at the Border Health and Ship Sanitation Certificate Course in Christchurch. It is always a pleasure to get to know you and put faces and names together. We wanted to thank Community and Public Health HPOs for their support during the course.
In the news this month, learn why scientists are warning Kiwis about an outbreak of dengue fever in a warmer future. Also, learn about a new type of insecticide that can be used in bed nets in the fight against malaria. Read about the spread of Japanese encephalitis in Australia and why this is causing tougher biosecurity of horse imports to New Zealand...
Kia ora koutou katoa, On the 25th April World Malaria Day was observed, in the news read about the malaria vaccine that has proven to be a safe and effective way to substantially reduce deadly severe malaria. Also, look at how the immune system acts to protect the body after malaria infection and the implications it may have in the development of more effective vaccines. In further immunity news, read about the research exploring the relationship between the mosquito bite and the immune reaction and how it shapes the establishment of infection, and test out your skills with our mozzie crossword!

May 2022 documentsmall-615


June 2022 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, this month we had the pleasure of meeting with a fantastic group of HPOs during the Medical Vectors Surveillance Workshop in Christchurch. We hope you enjoyed all the different activities as much as we did! In the news this month, learn about the discovery that may help create super attractants for mosquitoes, look at the positive results of a trial of a tri-valent vaccine against western, eastern and Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses...and more


Kia ora koutou katoa, this month we had the pleasure to meet with another amazing group of HPOs during the second Medical Vectors Surveillance Workshop in Christchurch. We hope you enjoyed all the different activities as much as we did! A quick reminder to record weather data in your samples weather data section in the Online National Mosquito Surveillance Database (or in the comments section if uploading via CSV file) and read about infected individuals being more attractive, Anophelen mosquito genes, and Massey University's Health Intelligence Report...

July 2022 documentsmall-615


August 2022 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, we hope everyone has been keeping warm and dry over the past month! With mozzie numbers declining, this is the perfect time of the year to get your surveillance equipment checked, contact us and have it completed. In the news this month, learn about new advances in the fight against malaria, some research on kinesins, proteins involved in the malaria parasite cycle, and its importance as potential drug targets, advances in a breeding approach in Aedes aegypti to create lines with distinct and stable Wolbachia densities..and more Happy Reading!

Kia ora koutou katoa, This month we again had the great pleasure of meeting with another group of HPOs during the second Border Health & Ship Sanitation Certificate Course here in Wellington. In the news this month, learn about the usefulness of human landing catch as an alternative method to collect mosquitoes that are potent vectors of West Nile virus. Also, learn about the unexpected organisation of the mosquito olfactory system and how this explains why mosquitoes are so good at sniffing out humans to bite and more....

September 2022 documentsmall-615

October 2022 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, in the news this month, learn about the blood-feeding pattern in Aedes koreicus an invasive species that has been spreading its range in Europe since 2008, a new Zika vaccine technology that has proved to be safe in mouse trials and about genetically modified Anopheles gambiae that slow the growth of malaria-causing protozoans in their gut, reducing the possibility of spreading the disease...

Kia ora koutou, this month has been another busy one for the NZB team! Once again, we had the pleasure of meeting a whole bunch of amazing HPO’s at the final Medical Vectors Surveillance Workshop for 2022 in Auckland. We hope you enjoyed the workshop as much as we did! In the news read about a three year long study looking at why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others, head across the ditch to read about a modelling study that is looking at the possibility of an outbreak of the recently introduced arbovirus Japanese encephalitis and more...

November 2022 documentsmall-615

December 2022 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou,
2022 is the second year in a row in which New Zealand has experienced the warmest November on record, and with temperatures going up, mosquito numbers are increasing as wellI. In the news this month, read about the fight against Japanese encephalitis in Western NSW, with NSW Health distributing free vaccines as stagnant pools of water create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes throughout the region; the increasing concerns around the invasive mosquito Anopheles stephensi, and more...

Kia ora koutou katoa, we hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and a great and relaxing holiday break.

In the news read about the alarming increase in dengue cases in the Philippines and Bangladesh. Also some ground-breaking research results; a study that found the highest levels of pyrethroid resistance on record in Aedes aegypti; A first-of-its-kind study that analysed mosquitoes' internal and external microbiomes; Research using 'brain in a dish' to study the effects of the Zika virus, taking research a step closer towards developing drugs to combat the infection and more...

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