Managing Risks of Arthropod Vector Research

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2321-2322
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2321

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Field research with vectors is an essential aspect of vector biology research and vector-borne disease prevention and control. This type of research, which brings experimental vector manipulations into endemic areas, can present risks to human populations. This paper seeks to stimulate a full discussion within the medical entomology community of the risks associated with vector field research. Such discussions will promote development of a consensus, among investigators, sponsoring agencies and the communities within which the work is done, so that appropriate steps can be taken to minimize and manage the risks, and adequate oversight can be maintained.