Insect vectors

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Non-venomous insects are important in medicine as vectors for diseases. The most striking example is the Anopheles mosquito and Malaria. Others include the Aedes aegypti mosquito and yellow fever.

Venomous insects are less important causes of morbidity and mortality in the UK than in Australia and tropical areas.

(best written by an Australian, please)

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Anaphylaxis to saliva or venom in insects occurs sporadically.

Infection is a complication of insect bites. Distinguishing between infection and toxic or allergic responses to insect bite or sting is significantly difficult and probably antibiotics are prescribed in instances where they do not modify the course of the injury, and on occasions omitted when in retrospect it is a pity.

Trachoma can be spread by the fly Musca sorbens

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