Does mosquito control have an effect on mosquito-borne disease? The case of Ross River virus disease and mosquito management in Queensland, Australia

J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2011 Mar;27(1):39-44. doi: 10.2987/10-6038.1.


We examined the relationship between types of mosquito control programs and the mosquito-borne Ross River virus (RRV) disease in Queensland, Australia. Mosquito control information was collected through a survey of the responsible agencies (local governments), and RRV disease notification data were provided by the Queensland state health authority. The study developed a typology of mosquito control programs, based on the approaches used. Based on the analysis of data on RRV disease rates between mosquito control types within 4 climatic regions, each region had different combinations of mosquito control strategies in their programs; there were also general similarities in the relationship between program types and RRV rates between the regions. The long-term RRV disease rates were lower in areas where the mosquito control program included pre-emptive (rather than reactive) surveillance based on an extensive (rather than incomplete) knowledge of mosquito habitats, and where treatment of both saltwater and freshwater habitats (compared to only saltwater habitats, in coastal areas) occurred. The data indicate that mosquito control is an effective public health intervention to reduce mosquito-borne disease; hence, climate change adaptation strategies should ensure that adequate resources are available for effective vector control so as to manage the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aedes*
  • Alphavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Alphavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Alphavirus Infections / transmission
  • Animals
  • Climate
  • Culex*
  • Disease Notification
  • Ecosystem
  • Humans
  • Insect Vectors
  • Mosquito Control / methods*
  • Prevalence
  • Public Health
  • Queensland / epidemiology
  • Ross River virus*