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Author Derraik, José G. B.
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword New Zealand ♦ Traditional Aedes Nomenclature ♦ Proposed Reclassification ♦ Appropriate Course ♦ New Area ♦ Mosquito Vector ♦ Traditional Genus Aedes ♦ Recent Year ♦ Mosquito-borne Disease ♦ International Consensus ♦ Mosquito Nomenclature ♦ Main Cause ♦ Considerable Controversy ♦ Ongoing Surveillance ♦ Human Health ♦ International Level ♦ Important Mosquito Vector ♦ Prompt Identification ♦ International Border
Abstract Mosquito-borne diseases are one of the main causes of death and morbidity among humans worldwide. Globalisation is facilitating the spread of mosquitoes to new areas, and vigilance at international borders combined with ongoing surveillance are paramount to prevent the spread of mosquito vectors. This must be underpinned by prompt identification of species, and international consensus on the application of nomenclature is therefore essential. There have been a number of proposed reclassifications of mosquitoes in recent years, which would lead to name changes to some of the most important mosquito vectors worldwide. Considerable controversy has since erupted. The issues surrounding the controversy are briefly discussed here. Following discussions with a number of scientists in Oceania, it is therefore suggested that New Zealand (and other countries) retain mosquito nomenclature as per the traditional genus Aedes. Currently, this seems to be the most appropriate course of action until some agreement on this issue is reached at an international level. Mosquitoes, human health and the need for clarity
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study