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January 2023 documentsmall-615


February 2023 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, we hope you are all safe and dry after the heavy rain affecting the upper North Island. The mozzie numbers are already showing the weather effects with more than a 100% increase compared to the previous month. Find some tips to help you protect yourself from mosquito bites and have fun with the Bite of Humour section.

In the news this month learn about; the increase in dengue cases in Malaysia and Bangladesh, a new class of sulphonamides that prevent mosquitoes from transmitting malaria, also, new vaccines against malaria that use part of the protozoan Plasmodium falciparum as the antigenic agent, and. predictive models used to determine the effect of poverty and climatic variables on the rate of serotype distribution and severe dengue in Mexico.


Kia ora koutou katoa, our thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by the cyclone and floods. We are sending major good vibes your way. This month, learn more about CO2-Baited Light Traps, why you should love them, and why setting them up at your PoE is paramount.

In the news this month, learn about the Anopheles mosquitoes spreading south and to higher elevations in Africa thanks to changes in weather patterns. Read about the discovery of  Aedes aegypti's unique chromosomes features. Also, learn about the development of a new vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis in pigs to help stop the spread of the disease in Australia and much more...

March 2023 documentsmall-615


April 2023 documentsmall-615

 Kia ora koutou katoa, Autumn is here and temperatures are starting to drop, meaning the mozzie season is almost done for the year and surveillance programmes will soon be starting to switch over to fortnightly checks. Take an opportunity to learn about one of our endemic mosquito species, Culiseta tonnoiri, who enjoys the rainy and humid valleys of New Zealand. In the news this month, read about the explosive increase in mosquito numbers in the Hawke’s Bay following Cyclone Gabrielle and internationally; the new treatments WHO recommends be applied to bed nets in replacement of pyrethroids, the detection of two dangerous mosquito-borne viruses in the Pilbara region of Western Australia...and more... 


Kia ora koutou katoa, World Malaria Day takes place on 25 April each year. It is an internationally recognised day, highlighting the global efforts to control malaria and celebrate the gains that have been made. This year will be marked under the theme “Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement”. Within this theme, WHO will focus on the critical importance of reaching marginalized populations with the tools and strategies that are available today. In the news this month, read about the development of new repellents that might change our relationship with mosquitoes for the best. Learn about the 10 year World Mosquito Program to release Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes in Brazil...and more

May 2023 documentsmall-615


June 2023 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, from the 8th to the 14th of May the Pan American Health Organization together with the World Health Organisation are conducting the Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week in an effort to raise awareness about the connection between mosquitoes and diseases.In the news this month, read about the role the wind might be playing facilitating the dispersion of the Asian invasive mosquito Aedes stephensi to African countries. Learn about the TAH virus currently causing outbreaks in southern Moravia and southern/eastern Slovakia...and more


Kia ora koutou katoa, we hope everyone has been keeping safe and warm over the past month. In the news this month, read about how Belize became the third country this year to be declared malaria free. Learn how rising temperatures and flooding in Europe are leading to an increase in mosquito numbers and mosquito-borne diseases. Also, look at how the largest Dengue outbreak in Peru’s history has forced the resignation of their health minister. Finally, read about a warning from the CDC to doctors in Florida and Texas, regarding the United States’ first locally transmitted cases of Malaria in 20 years...

July 2023 documentsmall-615


August 2023 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, as the cold weather is still here, the mosquito numbers are low, and as you will notice in the Surveillance section below, the numbers are lower than this month last year and last month! In the news read about how the weather conditions across the globe are having an impact on the mosquito and tick numbers and the diseases that they transmit, including locally acquired cases of malaria in Florida and Texas, a surge in the number of cases of chikungunya in Mumbai and more...


Kia ora koutou katoa, August 20th World Mosquito Day is commemorated. The day acknowledges the importance of mosquitoes as disease vectors of parasites and a long list of viruses that affect humans, pets and farm animals. It also raises awareness of the importance of trying to prevent mosquito bites.In the news this month, read about how the warming climate has allowed Culex modestus, a mosquito associated with tropical climates, to establish in Finland. Learn about the increase in dengue cases in the Americas, how experts believe about half of the world’s population is now at risk of Dengue and more...

September 2023 documentsmall-615

October 2023 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, in the news this month, read about the latest release of mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia in Honduras as a measure of controlling dengue. Read about how increased heat and extended monsoon periods worsen dengue outbreaks in South Asia. Learn why scientists are closely studying the biting rate of Aedes aegypti and the implications it might have. Also, look at a discovery that shows that removing specific proteins in mosquitoes can cause them to get sick from the viruses that generally do not harm them. Finally, learn about the spread of Aedes albopictus and bedbugs in Paris..

Kia ora koutou katoa, we had the pleasure of meeting a whole bunch of amazing HPO’s at the Medical Vectors Surveillance Workshop for 2023 in Auckland. We hope you enjoyed the workshop as much as we did! In the news this month, read about how the release of mosquitos carrying Wolbachia has decreased the rate of dengue, and how atovaquone could be a promising, long-acting “chemical vaccine” to target malaria. Then take a look at how different species of gut bacteria have been linked to an increased risk of severe malaria, and the annual statewide mosquito survey that is occurring in New South Wales, Australia...and more

November 2023 documentsmall-615

December 2023 documentsmall-615

Kia ora koutou katoa, now that bed bugs are spreading in Europe, especially in France where the Olympic Games will be held next year, we have prepared some information for you to learn more about bed bugs. Do not miss next month’s newsletter to learn how to protect yourself against these creepy creatures. Also, scroll down to have a look at the new section “This is how we do it” and the news...

Kia ora koutou katoa, we hope that everyone has had a fantastic holiday period and a great start to 2024! In the news this month, read about the threat of mosquito-borne diseases on the rise, have a look at some more theories why some people seem to attract more mosquitoes than others, then why some countries may not be prepared for the growing threat of mosquito and tick borne viruses, and the impact that mosquito borne viruses have had on some Australian families and their campaigns to increase awareness...and more.

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