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The coronavirus pandemic has imposed extraordinary demands on the public and environmental health workforce, including those who work on vector-borne disease (VBD) prevention and control. In late 2021, we surveyed more than 100 applied public health professionals, academic researchers, and others working on VBDs in the United States. They reported...
Mosquito control is essential to reduce vectorborne disease risk. We surveyed residents in Harris, Tarrant, and Hidalgo Counties, Texas, USA, to estimate willingness-to-pay for mosquito control and acceptance of control methods. Results show an unmet demand for expanded mosquito control that could be funded through local taxes or fees.
Background Malaria transmission-blocking vaccines (TBVs) could help break the cycle of malaria transmission by conferring community rather than individual protection. When introducing new intervention strategies, uptake is dependent on acceptability, not just efficacy. In this exploratory study on acceptability of TBVs in Sierra Leone, it was hypot...
In several insect species, resistance to pyrethroids and DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is linked to point mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) gene. Pyrethroid-based insecticides prolong the opening of sodium channels, causing paralysis known as a “knockdown” effect before mortality occurs. Point mutations in the VGSC gene r...
Zika virus was reported in the rainforest city of Iquitos, Peru in 2016. The potential associations between Zika and fetal neurological disorders were reported extensively in the media regarding neighboring Brazil, and led to great concern about the impact Zika could have on people’s health in Iquitos when it arrived. The aim of this study was to e...
Background: More than one billion people worldwide live with a disability. Despite advances in recognising inequalities experienced by people with disabilities, barriers to services and stigmatisation still exist. The aims of this study were to explore: (1) perceptions and experiences of services specifically available to people with disabilities a...