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Kia ora koutou, we hope that everyone is enjoying the nice weather and avoiding mozzie bites as summer heats up! In the news this month have a look at Dengue case numbers in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific, over the course of 2023, as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read about an increase in Dengue cases in South America that has led to a new vaccine campaign in Brazil, and insect spray shortages in Argentina. See how weeks of rain in Queensland has increased the risk of Ross River Virus, then learn why you should avoid using some alternative insect-repellent products sold in supermarkets and pharmacies...and more


Kai ora koutou, there has been a lot of hard mahi going on all around the country this month. Check out a fantastic photo sent in from Christchurch of the team while out checking some of their enhanced surveillance traps.

In the news this month have a look at how the detection of Zika virus in a neighbourhood in Singapore has caused renewed vigilance for the virus, and how a prior infection with Zika virus increased the risk of severe dengue. Also have a look at how deforestation increases the risk of childhood malaria, and the effects of climate change on the expansion of West Nile virus in Europe...and more

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Kia ora koutou katoa, With decreasing temperatures  around the country, mosquito numbers have been following suit. This also indicates that it is the perfect time of the year to start checking your tyre traps fortnightly in the cooler regions. In the news this month, read about the surge of dengue cases in the Americas, yellow fever in Africa, and Ross River across the ditch. Also, learn more about the secret life of mosquitoes and their role in the ecosystems. Finally, have a look at the strategies being used in Paris to stop the Asian tiger mosquito from spoiling the Olympic Games 2024. Happy reading!


Kia ora koutou katoa, This month has been particularly busy for all of us involved in our local mosquito world,  We very much appreciate everyone’s efforts and support! World Malaria Day 25 April: This year was marked under the theme “Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world”. WHO joins the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and other partners in highlighting barriers to health equity, gender equality and human rights in malaria responses worldwide – as well as concrete measures to overcome them. Mosquito numbers for this month together with the answers to the riddle for the best mosquito photo of the months we portrayed last month are below. Happy Reading!

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Kia ora koutou katoa, We hope everyone is keeping warm and dry with all the winter weather that has started throughout the country over the last few weeks! Once again another very busy month, both for Public Health staff out in the field, and in the lab. Rest assured equipment and consumables will be provided for routine surveillance traps when required. Mosquito numbers for this month are below, along with a special bite of humour created by the lab to reflect their thoughts on the Culex pipiens complex, which has been the focus of the recent interceptions. As always, we very much appreciate everyone’s efforts and support!



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Southern Monitoring Services Ltd is 100% Kiwi owned and operated business established in 1995. The company Directors have a strong public health background having qualified and worked in the public sectors of Environmental Health and Health Protection. 
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