Proceedings Of The Seminar Of Medical Entomology Reports Revealing Results

Dec. 17, 2006 – PRESS RELEASE


Recently released as a pdf document on the internet, the Proceedings of the Ist International Seminar of Medical Entomology at Bhopal- 2003 brings many new results on the control of a variety of mosquitoes and other insects and the diseases they transmit to man and animals. In this seminar which was jointly organised by the Annals of Medical Entomology (A.M.E.), The Literature Museum Society (N.G.O.) and the Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, M.P., India, 15 research scientists from India and abroad, presented their papers on 19 and 20th January, 2003 at Bhopal. Edited by Dr. Zakir Husain Husainy, Chief Editor, A.M.E., this Proceedings provides glaring information on the bionomics, of a variety of mosquitoes and other insects and the diseases they transmit like malaria, filaria, dengue, cutaneous leishmaniasis, JB encephalitis etc. and suggests new strategies for controlling them and for future studies.

Other topics this Proceedings include: A pragmatic review on the recent developments in the detection of parasites in vectors using molecular tools; Mosquito species diversity in Sunderbans, West Bengal – An indicator of human interference in the mangrove ecosystem; rDNA-PCR assay for the detection of the vector species of Anopheles fluviatilis in mosquito pools, An integrated approach of control to reduce malaria, filaria and dengue fever vectors; Thymol from the essential oil of Trachyspermum ammi Linn. sprague seeds as repellent and insecticidal against Anopheles stephensi Liston, 1901; Studies on feeding pattern of the major vectors of the filariasis in rural areas of Kerala State, India; Comparative efficacy of Neem oil and DEPA in repelling sandfly Phlebotomus papatasi, the vector of cutaneous leishmaniasis; Population dynamics of Culex tritaeniorhynchus Giles (Diptera: Culicidae) in relation to Japanese encephalitis virus transmission in Kerala state, South India; Development of an insect repellent DEPA (N,N-Diethyl Phenylacetamide) for personal protection against insect bites; Mosquito larvivorous potential of some indigenous fishes, and Forensic entomology: Recent development and practical approach in the medico-legal field.

Emeritus Prof. Dr. Ravi Prakash, retired Vice Chancellor, Bhopal University described this “as an important publication giving a latest picture of insect borne diseases in India.”

“Though many seminars are organized in India on medical entomology” said Dr. C. J.Babu, GM, Pesticide division, Godrej Hi Care Pvt. Ltd., and one of the 42 delegates who attended the seminar “but only a few are well documented. The publication of the Proceedings of the Ist International Seminar of Medical Entomology at Bhopal- 2003 is remarkable in this connection.”

Prof. Emeritus Dr. Karamjeet Singh Rai, Notre Dame University, U.S.A. and a resource person of the seminar opined that ” This publication suggested the scope of further research studies in the field of insect borne diseases in India.”

Although the hard copy of this Proceedings was published in 2003, however its pdf format is now available on the website of the Annals of Medical Entomology:

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