Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/23/2011
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Culex pipiens complex, including Culex pipiens, Cx. quinquefasciatus, and Cx. molestus are important pest species and vectors of human and animal diseases throughout the world's tropical, temperate, and Holarctic regions. Diseases transmitted by member of the complex include: St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus (WNV) in North America, WNV and Rift Valley fever in sub-Saharan Africa, and Dirofilaria immitis globally. This symposium has gathered many of the world' experts on this species complex to explore the current state of the knowledge on the systematic status, speciation, ecology, biology, vector competence, population genetics, endosymbionts and role in disease transmission of these species in various parts of the world. Information presented at the symposium will improve our knowledge of important members of the complex and enhance our ability to conduct efficient surveillance and efficacious control strategies. A summary of findings and overall conclusions will be discussed in relation to mosquito control and interrupting disease transmission caused by these species.