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Aedes aegypti mosquito, female

Aedes aegypti mosquito, female

It’s not enough to know mosquito abundance in a given area. Rather, the rate at which mosquitoes and humans actually come into contact is critical to better understanding and modeling mosquito-borne disease transmission, say a group of reseachers in a new paper published in May 2021 in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Their new model detailing the variables involved in the dynamics of human–mosquito contact and disease transmission provides insights that can steer both field research and efforts to control mosquitoes such as the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), a female of which is shown here taking a blood meal. (Photo courtesy of Durrell Kapan, Ph.D., California Academy of Sciences)

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