Does Mosquito Control Have an Effect on Mosquito-Borne Disease? The Case of Ross River Virus Disease and Mosquito Management in Queensland, Australia

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Title Does Mosquito Control Have an Effect on Mosquito-Borne Disease? The Case of Ross River Virus Disease and Mosquito Management in Queensland, Australia
Author Tomerini, Deanna Majella; Dale, Patricia Ellen; Sipe, Neil Gavin
Journal Name Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Mosquito Control Association
Abstract We examined the relationship between types of mosquito control programs and the mosquito-borne Ross River virus (RRV) disease in Queensland, Australia. Mosquito control information was collected through a survey of the responsible agencies (local governments), and RRV disease notification data were provided by the Queensland state health authority. The study developed a typology of mosquito control programs, based on the approaches used. Based on the analysis of data on RRV disease rates between mosquito control types within 4 climatic regions, each region had different combinations of mosquito control strategies in their programs; there were also general similarities in the relationship between program types and RRV rates between the regions. The long-term RRV disease rates were lower in areas where the mosquito control program included pre-emptive (rather than reactive) surveillance based on an extensive (rather than incomplete) knowledge of mosquito habitats, and where treatment of both saltwater and freshwater habitats (compared to only saltwater habitats, in coastal areas) occurred. The data indicate that mosquito control is an effective public health intervention to reduce mosquito-borne disease; hence, climate change adaptation strategies should ensure that adequate resources are available for effective vector control so as to manage the risk of mosquito-borne diseases
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.2987/10-6038.1
Volume 27
Issue Number 1
Page from 39
Page to 44
ISSN 8756-971X
Date Accessioned 2011-06-01
Date Available 2011-09-05T06:48:11Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Wildlife and Habitat Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40618
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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