Anopheline Species Complexes in South and South-East Asia
SEARO Technical Publications No 57
SEARO
ISBN-13    9789290222941 ISBN-10    9290222948
Order Number    15700057 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    10.00 / US$    12.00 Developing countries:    CHF    7.00
English     2008        108   pages
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Vector-borne diseases are a major health problem in the South-East Asia Region and in other parts of the world. There are about 4 500 mosquito species in existence; species belonging to the Anopheles genus transmit malaria. Combating malaria is part of the Millennium Development Goals, and vector control is a key strategy both regionally and globally. Therefore, the review and dissemination of information on vector species is critically important.

Most of the anophelines that are involved in the transmission of malaria in South and South-East Asia have been identified as species complexes. Members of a species complex are reproductively isolated evolutionary units with distinct gene pools and, hence, they differ in their biological characteristics. in 1998, WHO published Anopheline species complexes in South-East Asia. New identification tool have been developed since then, and therefore this updated edition is being published. It summarizes work that has been done on anopheline cryptic species and will be highly valuable to researchers, field entomologists and malaria-control programme managers.