One of the most dynamic events in public health is being mediated by the global spread of the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus. Its rapid expansion and vectorial capacity for various arboviruses affect an increasingly larger proportion of the world population. Responses to the challenges of controlling this vector are expected to be enhanced by an increased knowledge of its biology, ecology, and vector competence. Details of population genetics and structure will allow following, and possibly predicting, the geographical and temporal dynamics of its expansion, and will inform the practical operations of control programs. Experts are now coming together to describe the history, characterize the present circumstances, and collaborate on future efforts to understand and mitigate this emerging public health threat.
Keywords: Aedes albopictus; arboviruses; expansion; public health; vector control.
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