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Know your foe: Lessons from the analysis of tsetse fly behaviour

Know your foe: Lessons from the analysis of tsetse fly behaviour

Torr, S. J. and Vale, G. A. (2015) Know your foe: Lessons from the analysis of tsetse fly behaviour. Trends in Parasitology, 31 (3). pp. 95-99. ISSN 1471-4922 (doi:

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The emergence of new vector-borne diseases requires new methods of vector control. These diseases are often zoonoses associated with wilderness areas, and established methods of vector control used in domestic settings (e.g., indoor-residual spraying, insecticide-treated bednets) are therefore inappropriate. Similar difficulties are also emerging with the control of ‘old’ vector-borne diseases such as malaria. Understanding the host-finding behaviour of vectors assists the development and application of control methods and aids the understanding of epidemiology. Some general lessons are illustrated by reference to a century of research on the host-finding behaviour of tsetse flies which transmit trypanosomes causing human and animal trypanosomiases, including Rhodesian sleeping sickness, a zoonosis associated with wilderness areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tsetse flies, Glossina, Trypanosoma, vector, sleeping sickness, human African trypanosomiasis, animal African trypanosomiasis
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 09:48

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