MICR5835 Vectors of Infectious Diseases and Vector Control

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face
The role of invertebrate vectors in the transmission of infectious agents and the causation of diseases in humans is the major focus of this unit. Students are introduced to the viral, parasitic and other disease agents which are transmitted by vectors and to the role of environmental factors which influence vector-borne diseases. The life cycle of disease vectors, their ecology and identification are covered as are methods of vector sampling and control. Approaches used in the surveillance of vector-borne diseases are also discussed. Laboratory classes and assignments emphasise the lecture material.
Students are able to (1) understand the concept of vector-borne diseases and the various types of pathogens which are transmitted to humans by arthropod vectors; (2) understand the different kinds of arthropod vectors which transmit infectious agents to humans, and identify major vectors; (3) understand the theory of vector control and the use of sampling methods and methods of vector control; (4) understand how to incriminate key vectors during outbreaks of vector-borne infectious diseases; (5) understand the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases and the approaches used in surveillance systems for monitoring particular vector-borne infectious diseases; and (6) understand the effect of environmental factors, human influences and climate change on vector-borne diseases and the approaches used in environmental management to control the vectors associated with these diseases.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written laboratory report; (2) poster presentation; and (3) two-hour end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Peacock
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases;
Master of Infectious Diseases
Advisable prior study:
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases; MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity; PUBH8750 Epidemiology I; MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/assignments: 2 hours per week
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