Detecting emerging infectious diseases in the Torres Strait: a review of vector, host and disease studies

Laurance, S.G.W., Meyer Steiger, D., and Ritchie, S. (2014) Detecting emerging infectious diseases in the Torres Strait: a review of vector, host and disease studies. Report. Australian Government, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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[Extract] The Torres Strait has long been recognised as a 'biological bridge' between Papua New Guinea and mainland Australia, where for millions of years species of plants and animals have moved between the two continents (Galloway and Loffler 1972). Currently, there is concern over the vulnerability of Torres Strait communities to emerging infectious diseases and the potential for disease movement across the islands to the mainland.

This report addresses the emerging infectious disease threat to the Torres Strait Islands and mainland Australia. We review the past and current research into mosquito-borne vectors, and their role in past disease outbreaks. The threat of new vectors and diseases is examined and we describe the vector-disease dispersal models that have been developed for the region. Finally, we discuss the implications for continued vector management and surveillance in the region.

Item ID: 36448
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-925088-23-6
Keywords: Torres Strait, emerging infectious disease, vectors, mosquitoes
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Funders: National Environmental Research Program: Tropical Ecosystems Hub
Projects and Grants: Project 11.2
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 22:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960401 Border Biosecurity (incl. Quarantine and Inspection) @ 100%
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