Monthly Archives: August 2017

Does it matter if the county next to you does vector control? YES!

ABSTRACT: Vector-borne disease transmission is often typified by highly focal transmission and influenced by movement of hosts and vectors across different scales. The ecological and environmental conditions (including those created by humans through vector control programmes) that result in metapopulation dynamics remain poorly understood. The development of control strategies that would most effectively limit outbreaks given such dynamics is particularly urgent given the recent epidemics of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses. We developed a stochastic, spatial model of vectorborne disease transmission, allowing for movement of hosts between patches. Our model is applicable to arbovirus transmission by Aedes aegypti in urban settings and was parametrized to capture Zika virus transmission in particular. Using simulations, we investigated the extent to which two aspects of vector control strategies are affected by human commuting patterns: the extent of coordination and cooperation between neighbouring communities. We find that transmission intensity is highest at intermediate levels of host movement. The extent to which coordination of control activities among neighbouring patches decreases the prevalence of infection is affected by both how frequently humans commute and the proportion of neighbouring patches that commits to vector surveillance and control activities. At high levels of host movement, patches that do not contribute to vector control may act as sources of infection in the landscape, yet have comparable levels of prevalence as patches that do cooperate. This result suggests that real cooperation among neighbours will be critical to the development of effective pro-active strategies for vector-borne disease control in today’s commuter-linked communities.

Read the full article: Stone CM, Schwab SR, Fonseca DM and Fefferman NH 2017 Human movement, cooperation and the effectiveness of coordinated vector control strategies. J. R. Soc. Interface 14: 20170336. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2017.0336c

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Pesticide Recertification Course coming in October!

Course Description: This course meets pesticide applicators in need of credits before their pesticide applicator license expires in October. The training has been tailored for government employees with immediate concerns and responsibilities for stewardship of public health, mosquito research, surveillance and control. All who need re-certification credits in the above categories are welcome to sign up.

Topics for this one day course include:

9:45 AM – Registration & Coffee
10:00 Bionomics of Rare Mosquitoes Found in New Jersey
Scott Crans, Office of Mosquito Control Coordination
10:30 Pesticide Update for 2017
Dr. George Hamilton, Rutgers Department of Entomology
11:00 From Aerial Spraying to Beekeeping Practices, What are The Effects of Mosquito Abatement on Honeybees?
Dr. Diana Carle, Rutgers Department of Entomology, Center for Vector Biology
11:30 Lunch Break- Light Lunch Provided
12:30 Advances in Vector Control Science: Rear-and-Release Strategies Show Promise… but Don’t Forget the Basics
Dr. Brian Johnson, Rutgers Department of Entomology, Center for Vector Biology
1:00 Amplification and Transmission Cycles: Turn Up the Volume!
Dr. Lisa Reed, Rutgers Department of Entomology, Center for Vector Biology
1:30 Demonstration and Research: Mosquito Insecticide Resistance Management
Dr. Dina Fonseca, Rutgers Department of Entomology, Center for Vector Biology

Come join the fun! For more information and to sign up, click here.

Upcoming Webinars

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management at Cornell will be hosting three webinars in September 2017 that could be of interest to people following arboviruses, disease, vectors, pests and/or control. Their webinar series, called “The IPM Toolbox” will include:

  1. 11 September 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Laura Harrington will talk about the erstablishment of the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases.
  2. 13 September 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Scott Isard will talk about iPIPE or the integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education.
  3. 25 September 11:00 – 12:00 A Team of people, including Rick Cooper and George Hamilton, will discuss the Brown Maromorated Stink Bug and control.

For more information, see http://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/the-ipm-toolbox/

 

Surveillance with Stable Isotopes

ABSTRACT

Stocking pen-raised northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) into habitats inhabited by wild bobwhite is a widespread practice, yet no technique other than marking exists to distinguish between these birds when they are harvested or recaptured. We assessed the potential of stable isotope analysis of primary feather tissue to distinguish between wild and pen-raised bobwhite. We obtained 104 feather samples from 3 game farms and 3 hunters in New Jersey, USA, collected between 1998 and 2006. We analyzed all samples for isotopes of carbon13C/12C, nitrogen15N/14N, sulfur34S/32S, and a preliminary sample for hydrogen2H/1H. Combinations of isotopic ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur yielded unique patterns for the 2 groups, enabling us to form a significant function that discriminated between these groups 100% of the time. The function was influenced most by the isotopic ratios of nitrogen and carbon. We were unable to discriminate between age classes or sex within groups, but could discriminate among farms and between years for the one farm where we had 2 years of samples. In our pilot study, stable isotope analysis of primary feather tissue was a reliable technique for distinguishing wild and pen-raised bobwhite for 12–14 months following postjuvenal or postnuptial feather molt. Summer stocking, feeding stations, or long-term survival of pen-raised birds would reduce the efficacy of this technique, depending upon the definition of a wild population. © 2017 The Wildlife Society.

Castelli P and L Reed 2017 Use of stable isotopes to distinguish wild from pen-raised Northern Bobwhite. Wildlife Society Bulletin. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wsb.746/full