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Advanced Mosquito Taxonomy Workshop and Training Courses held in Singapore

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Two WRAIR Entomology research staff, Dr. Pollie L.M. Rueda and Mr. Jim Pecor, conducted the Advanced Mosquito Taxonomy Workshop/Training Course, on 5-9 September 2011, in Singapore. It was sponsored by the Environmental Health Institute (EHI), Singapore (WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research of Arbovirus and their Associated Vectors), in collaboration with the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU), Entomology Branch, WRAIR. This workshop is also supported by the Singapore Society of Microbiology and Biotechnology. During the vector taxonomy training, Dr. Rueda and Mr. Pecor (WRBU) were helped by Dr. Rampa Rattanarithikul (former mosquito taxonomist of AFRIMS, Bangkok), and assisted by EHI staff (Mrs. Lam-Phua Sai Gek, Mr. Wilson Tan Cheong Huat and Dr. Chong Chee Seng). USAMC-AFRIMS (through Dr. Alongkot Ponlawat) also provided some mosquito specimens that were used for the training, to augment those from the Smithsonian and EHI collections.

This workshop is also supported by the Singapore Society of Microbiology and Biotechnology. During the vector taxonomy training, Dr. Rueda and Mr. Pecor (WRBU) were helped by Dr. Rampa Rattanarithikul (former mosquito taxonomist of AFRIMS, Bangkok), and assisted by EHI staff (Mrs. Lam-Phua Sai Gek, Mr. Wilson Tan Cheong Huat and Dr. Chong Chee Seng). USAMC-AFRIMS (through Dr. Alongkot Ponlawat) also provided some mosquito specimens that were used for the training, to augment those from the Smithsonian and EHI collections.

The mosquito training course included lectures and practical identifications of mosquito vectors of malaria, dengue, chikungunya, filariasis and other infectious diseases in the Asia Pacific Region. Participants were able to examine and learn about the morphological diagnoses of the major vector species, in genera Anopheles, Aedes, Culex, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Armigeres and others. They also learned how to process and mount field collected specimens, and to use the interactive computerized LUCID identification keys developed by the WRBU, as well as printed dichotomous keys. With her broad experience working on Thailand mosquitoes, Dr. Rampa was able to impart her practical knowledge on mosquito taxonomy to the participants. The 17 participants of the course came from seven countries, such as Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and India.

During the second week (10-17 September 2011), Dr. Rueda, Mr. Pecor and Dr. Rattanarithikul also conducted another intensive mosquito taxonomy training to entomologists/biologists of the EHI, Singapore. Dr. Rueda also provided additional lectures on arthropods of public health importance, and associated infectious diseases, to local EHI research staff. Dr. Rueda, Mr. Pecor and Dr. Rattanarithikul also identified many unknown mosquito specimens in the EHI collections. With EHI staff assistance, they plan to update the list and distribution records of known mosquito vectors and their associated species from Singapore. Overall, the mosquito taxonomy trainings for both international participants and local Singapore EHI staff were successfully conducted.

The following individuals were the participants and trainers of the Advanced Mosquito Taxonomy Workshop/Training Course held in Singapore, 5-9 September 2011.

Environmental Health Institute of the National Environment Agency, Singapore
Ms. Chiang Lee Pei, Ms. Foo Siew Yoong, Ms. Pang Sook Cheng, Pr. Png Ah Bah, Ms. Ruth Lee Mee Lian

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Mr. Madappuli Arachige Sanjeewa Thilan Fernando, Mr. Patikiri Arachchilage Don Hasantha Nayana Gunathilaka

Mosquito-group of the Faculty of Biology of the Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam
Dr. Ngo Giang Lien




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