Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The reach of Aedes aegypti in Queensland, Australia...

I made this, based on the State of Queensland,(Queensland Health) map from the 2015-2020 Queensland Dengue Management plan.[1] 

Feel free to use this image but please abide by the copyright 
notice found within the 2015-2020 Queensland Dengue management plan.[1]
Click on map to enlarge.
The map may be a useful accompaniment to the recent paper confirming Aedes aegypti is the most likely mosquito vector of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Australia.[2]

While Australia does have these mozzies, it does not have local ZIKV transmission and Dengue is not endemic in Queensland. 

Annual local outbreaks of Dengue do occur in Queensland but these result from imported cases and are confined to north Queensland.[1]

I've added in some other map-related information to the reference section as well.[3,4,5,6]

References...

  1. 2015-2020 Queensland Dengue management plan, Queensland Government.
    https://www.health.qld.gov.au/publications/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/governance/dengue-mgt-plan.pdf
  2. Assessment of Local Mosquito Species Incriminates Aedes aegypti as the Potential Vector of Zika Virus in Australia
    http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004959
  3. Dengue and climate change in Australia: predictions for the future should incorporate knowledge from the past
    https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2009/190/5/dengue-and-climate-change-australia-predictions-future-should-incorporate?0=ip_login_no_cache%3D20128744c69e384fe459a669360e8b29
  4. “Dengue” mosquitoes detected in Melbourne: What does it mean?
    https://cameronwebb.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/dengue-mosquitoes-detected-in-melbourne-what-does-it-mean/
  5. The Extinction of Dengue through Natural Vulnerability of Its Vectors
    http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article/asset?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0000922.PDF