Summary of information, risk assessment, and recommendations regarding Arthropod-borne Zoonoses within the Northwest Territories

This report provides a literature review and risk assessment of arthopod-borne zoonoses (diseases transferred between species) in the NWT, and recommendations for the future.

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Creator Centre for Coastal Health
Summary The Centre for Coastal Health (CCH) was retained by the Wildlife Division, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories (NT) to summarize available information on vector-borne zoonoses (VBZs), recognizing that climate change could potentially affect the number or severity of VBZs present in the NT in the coming years. VBZs are bacterial, viral or parasitic diseases that are transmitted to humans from animals (zoonoses) through the bite of an infected insect such as a mosquito, fly or tick (arthropod vector). Our first objective was to catalogue available information on relevant surveillance and preparedness activities in NT and surrounding jurisdictions, including provided data about the presence, prevalence and distribution of arthropod vectors and VBZs in the north. We then set out to combine these findings with published information describing climate change predictions, and research on VBZs and arthropod vector surveillance, with the goal of developing evidence-based recommendations to assist NT in preparing for potential changes in VBZs risks in the territory.
Local Relevance This report provides a literature review and risk assessment of arthopod-borne diseases in the NWT, and recommendations for how the NWT can cope with the increase in such diseases due to climate change.
Tags Disease,Zoonoses,Assessment,Literature Review,Arthropods
Geographic Region NWT
Release Date 2019-05-30
Last Modified Date 2019-05-30
Funding Program Climate Change Preparedness in the North - CIRNAC