Collecting mosquito poo may not be everyone’s idea of a dream job, but for AITHM research fellow and biologist Dagmar Meyer Steiger it is a key ingredient in a new project which aims to significantly enhance surveillance of mosquito-borne diseases in northern Australia.

A member of the Institute’s Health Entomology research group, she is developing and field trialling traps designed to catch female mosquitoes and harvest their excreta, which can then be analysed to detect a range of pathogens, including dengue, Ross River fever, Murray Valley encephalitis, West Nile virus and malaria.

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