24 Jan 2017

New key to help identify disease-carrying mosquitoes

From , 7:02 am on 24 January 2017

Mosquitoes carrying Zika and dengue will become easier for health officials to identify with the publication of a new key.

The spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya is a persistent problem for Pacific countries with the number of cases on the rise.

New Zealander Tom Swan completed his Masters in biological sciences at the University of Canterbury and recently returned from a Fulbright scholarship trip to the United States to research mosquitoes.

He told Daniela Maoate-Cox he was inspired to create the identification key while in Florida and hopes it will help Pacific governments reduce mosquito larvae breeding sites.

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