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Summary of Week 5

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JAMES LOGAN: Well, congratulations on completing week 5. Now, you should have a clear understanding of the modern developments of traditional vector-control methods. You should be now familiar with methods such as sterile insect technique; the use of biological agents, such as Wolbachia, and genetic modification within vector control. Additionally, you will know the advantages and limitations of each approach and how they can affect the way in which a vector programme is implemented. You should know understand, also, the mechanisms in which insecticide resistance arises, in addition to the importance of insecticide-resistance assessments and the ways in which treatments can be utilised to reduce the incidence of insecticide resistance.
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You will also now be aware of the epidemiological and financial impacts of the challenges that may arise during the implementation of these advancements of traditional vector-control methods. Next week and our final week, we’re going to be exploring the role of scientific research in the implementation of vector-control methods. We’ll also look at the importance of accessible collaborative scientific research. So we very much look forward to seeing you again next week.

Now you have completed the quiz, and have reached the end of Week 5 of The Global Challenge of Vector Borne Diseases and How to Control Them. In this video, Professor James Logan will summarise what we have learnt this week.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of modern vector control, the challenges we are facing and what the future holds. Next week (and the final week of this course), we will tie everything that you have learnt thus far together, to learn how to design and implement a vector control programme, as well as different types of programmes and the need for them.

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