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Environmental monitoring to enhance comprehension and control of infectious diseases


Carver, SS and Kilpatrick, AM and Kuenzi, A and Douglass, R and Ostfeld, RS and Weinstein, P, Environmental monitoring to enhance comprehension and control of infectious diseases, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12 pp. 2048-2055. ISSN 1464-0325 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry

DOI: doi:10.1039/C0EM00046A


In a world of emerging and resurging infectious diseases, dominated by zoonoses, environmental monitoring plays a vital role in our understanding their dynamics and their spillover to humans. Here, we critically review the ecology, epidemiology and need for monitoring of a variety of directly transmitted (Sin Nombre virus, Avian Influenza) and vector-borne (Ross River virus, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis) zoonoses. We focus on the valuable role that existing monitoring plays in the understanding of these zoonoses, the demands for new monitoring, and how improvements can be made to existing monitoring. We also identify the fruitful outcomes which would result from implementation of the monitoring demands we have highlighted. This review aims to promote improvements in our understanding of zoonoses, their management, and public health by encouraging discussion among researchers and public health officials.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Carver, SS (Associate Professor Scott Carver)
ID Code:80284
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2012-10-26
Last Modified:2012-11-12

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