53116 Medical Entomology
Course DescriptionInsects and other arthropods are important as direct and indirect causes of disease in many animals including humans. As ectoparasites and blood-feeders, they produce mild to life-threatening bite reactions, unsightly and distressing skin conditions such as mange and scabies, and the immature stages may even inhabit and grow in living tissues. Arthropods also carry a wide range of pathogens either passively (mechanically) or biologically as part of the pathogen's sometimes complex and elegant life-cycle. Some of the most feared and historically-significant diseases of humanity are arthropod-borne. These include bubonic plague, typhus, yellow fever, dengue, malaria, Lyme disease, and many others. Disease-causing agents carried by insects include viruses, rickettsiae, bacteria and protozoan parasites. In this course we will study insects and other arthropods and their relationships to disease causation and transmission.
- After completion of the course the student will be acquainted with :
- 1. Identify existing public health problem with regard to arthropods.
- 2. List the common characteristics for identification of arthropods
- 3. Taxonomy of arthropods
- 4. Arthropods habitats
- 5. Insect’s diversity
- 6. External and internal morphology of insect
- 7. Functions of different part of insects
- 8. Insect growth
- 9. Environmental factors on development of insects.
- 10. Defense mechanism of insects
Books for this Course
- 1. Medical Entomology notes, Mohamed Sheikh Isack (2014)
- 2. Medical Entomology: A Textbook on P. H & Vit. Caused by Arthropods By B.F. Eldridge, John Edman
- February 2016
- June 2016