Thursday, August 6, 2009: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Blrm B, Albuquerque Convention Center
Juliet R. C. Pulliam
Andy P. Dobson
F. Ellis McKenzie
Many important diseases of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans rely on biting arthropods for transmission. Unrealistic assumptions regarding vector biology can fundamentally alter our interpretation of vector-borne disease systems with dramatic implications for prediction and control; this symposium emphasizes important generalities, differences, and gaps in knowledge across host-vector-pathogen systems and highlights avenues for reconciling models and data to produce quantitative frameworks for vector-borne disease control.