Announcement – Call for Papers: Global Human Health

Image of two Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, a male and a female laying is soliciting articles worldwide for its theme issue on observing and monitoring Global Human Health, including contributions addressing current issues, techniques and applications of remote sensing, GIS, and geovisualization. We seek articles that document the use of Earth information and observing technologies that benefit human health, medical communities, governmental and NGO policy planners, and disaster response teams. The theme issue is scheduled for the third quarter of 2010, June 21 – September 21. Global Human Health Guest Editor is Assaf Anyamba, PhD. For more detail on the types of articles that are of interest and the formats for submission, please consult the Call for Papers. You can also help Earthzine reach potential contributors and readers by downloading the CfP, and forwarding or posting it within your network.

The photo to the right depicts two Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes as the female at the top of the image, was in the process of egg-laying atop a sheet of egg paper. The male is at the bottom of the image. A. gambiae is the principal vector of malaria in Africa.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from countries where malaria transmission occurs, many from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo: US Centers for Disease Control