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Title: A mosquito survey of Dili, East Timor, and implications for disease control
Authors: Whelan, Peter I
Hapgood, George
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Medical Entomology, DHCS
Series/Report no.: Arbovirus Research in Australia
Vol. 8
Abstract: There have been few documented mosquito surveys in East Timor since the work of the Portuguese entomologists in the 1960's and early 70's. This included a widespread survey for malaria vectors (Ferreira and Breda 1961) and a survey for filariasis vectors (Pinhao 1969). The last survey in East Timor was a limited general mosquito survey of the Dili area in 1991 to provide advice on general mosquito control (Whelan 1999). Similarly there have been limited surveys in West Timor, with the last comprehensive survey for malaria vectors and a general mosquito survey in the early 1970's (Lien et at. 1975).The current survey in East Timor was undertaken as a consequence of the independence referendum and subsequent humanitarian crisis in September 1999. The widespread destruction of houses and breakdown of all public health services prompted a request from the WHO for entomological assistance to assess the potential for outbreaks of mosquito borne disease in Dili which is the principal city and was the centre for relief operations. The aim of the surveys were to determine the presence of pest and disease vector mosquitoes in Dili, and to determine their actual and potential breeding sites. The results were to be used to evaluate the potential for various mosquito borne diseases and to provide advice on mosquito control and disease prevention.
Description: Published both by Medical Entomology and in the proceedings of the annual conference Arbovirus Research in Australia.
ISSN: 0725-4989
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Insects
Vector control
East Timor
Risk management
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