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Arboviruses and their vectors in the Pacific--status report.


Three arboviruses have already caused epidemics in various Pacific Island countries and territories, and currently represent a direct threat to public health. The diseases concerned are all mosquito-borne and should be kept under careful surveillance. Dengue fever, which is a worldwide major public health problem, is mainly transmitted in the Pacific by the Aedes aegypti vector but also by other mosquitoes of this genus with varying ranges. Epidemic polyarthritis due to the Ross River virus is endemic in Australia. At least one major epidemic has occurred in the Pacific where various vector mosquito species occur. Japanese encephalitis is a zoonosis that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes of the genus Culex. Its area of distribution in Asia is expanding and the possibility of fresh incursions into the region should be borne in mind. This paper reviews the situation regarding these diseases in the Pacific and provides information on the way they are transmitted as well as on the biology of the mosquito vectors.


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pasteur-00734185 , version 1 (21-09-2012)


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Laurent Guillaumot. Arboviruses and their vectors in the Pacific--status report.. Pacific Health Dialog, 2005, 12 (2), pp.45-52. ⟨pasteur-00734185⟩
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