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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-98

Mosquito vectors developing in atypical anthropogenic habitats: Global overview of recent observations, mechanisms and impact on disease transmission


1 Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, England
2 Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
Ranjan Ramasamy
Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 2PS
England
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 27353577

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The major mosquito vectors of human diseases have co-evolved with humans over a long period of time. However, the rapid growth in human population and the associated expansion in agricultural activity and greater urbanisation have created ecological changes that have had a marked impact on biology of mosquito vectors. Adaptation of the vectors of malaria and important arbovial diseases over a much shorter time scale to the new types of preimaginal habitats recently created by human population growth and activity is highlighted here in the context of its potential for increasing disease transmission rates. Possible measures that can reduce the effects on the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases are also outlined.


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