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Healthy wetlands, healthy people: mosquito borne disease


Carver, S and Slaney, DP and Leisnham, PT and Weinstein, P, Healthy wetlands, healthy people: mosquito borne disease, Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, CM Finlayson, P Horwicz, P Weinstein (ed), Netherlands, pp. 95-121. ISBN 978-94-017-9608-8 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9609-5_6


We evaluate the links between wetland breeding mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae), vector-borne disease transmission, human incidence of disease and the underlying mechanisms regulating these relationships. Mosquitoes are a diverse taxonomic group that plays a number of important roles in healthy wetlands. Mosquitoes are also the most important insect vectors of pathogens to wildlife, livestock and humans, transmitting many important diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and Ross River virus. Mosquitoes interact with a variety of invertebrates and vertebrates in complex communities within wetlands. These interactions regulate populations of key vector species. Healthy wetlands are characterized by intact wetland communities with increased biodiversity and trophic structure that tend to minimize dominance and production of vector mosquito species, reservoir host species and minimize risk of disease to surrounding human and animal populations. In a public health paradigm, these natural ecological interactions can be considered a direct ecosystem serviceónatural mitigation of vector-borne disease risk. Anthropogenic disruptions, including land-use, habitat alterations, biodiversity loss and climatic changes can compromise natural ecological processes that regulate

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:mosquito borne disease, wetland, health
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Host-parasite interactions
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)
UTAS Author:Carver, S (Dr Scott Carver)
ID Code:103671
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2015-10-23
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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