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Medical Entomology

Medical Entomology is a unit of the Centre for Disease Control within the Health Protection Division of the Department of Health.

Medical Entomology provides advice and carries out surveillance, monitoring, and control of insects and related animals that affect human health. It primarily performs a public health function with the aim of reducing the impact of insects of medical importance on the health and well being of the people of the Northern Territory. Mosquitoes and biting midges are the primary focus.

 The Objectives

  • maintain the Northern Territory free of malaria, dengue and other exotic mosquito borne diseases
  • monitor and reduce endemic mosquito borne disease in the Northern Territory
  • maintain integrated mosquito control programs at major centres throughout the Northern Territory
  • provide planning and development advice and guidelines to The Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment and others to prevent new biting insect problems
  • carry out cooperative and applied research on insects of medical importance to enable better control or reduce the impact of problem species
  • promote public awareness and provide an advisory service on insects of medical importance to various government authorities, private enterprise and the public

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