Medical Entomology

Medical Entomology

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The subject of medical entomology continAs factors such as insecticide susceptibility, vecAs ues to be of great importance. Arthropodborne tor competence, host preference and similar imAs diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue portant phenomena. Now, a variety of new and filariasis continue to cause considerable methods are available to study genes, and to human suffering and death. Problems in aniAs genetically alter important characteristics in mal production, wildlife and pets of humans vectors as a potential means of controlling huAs caused by arthropods still exact a large ecoAs man and animal diseases. nomic toll. In the past 2 decades, the invasion Many of the traditional tasks of medical enAs of exotic pests and pathogens has presented tomologists continue to be important. ArthroAs new problems in several countries, including pod systematics is important because the need the USA. For example, the year 1999 saw the for accurate identification of arthropods is vital invasion of the eastern USA by Aedes japonicus, to an understanding of natural disease cycles. an Asian mosquito, and West Nile virus, a mosAs Systematics has been made even more challengAs quito-transmitted African arbovirus related to ing because of the current appreciation of the St. Louis encephalitis virus. number of groups of sibling species among vecAs At the same time old and new health probAs tors of important disease pathogens. New moAs lems with arthropods occur, the traditional apAs lecular tools are assisting in separating these proaches to arthropod control have become forms.This book is designed primarily as a textbook for graduate and postgraduate courses in Medical, Public Health and Veterinary Entomology.

Title:Medical Entomology
Author:B.F. Eldridge, J.D. Edman
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2003-12-31


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