Volume 100, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The mosquito () (.) is the primary vector of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses in the United States. Surveillance for adult is limited, hindering understanding of the mosquito’s seasonal patterns and predictions of areas at elevated risk for autochthonous virus transmission. We developed a simple, intuitive empirical model that uses readily available temperature and humidity variables to predict environmental suitability for low, medium, or high potential abundance of adult in a given city 1 month in advance. Potential abundance was correctly predicted in 73% of months in arid Phoenix, AZ (over a 10-year period), and 63% of months in humid Miami, FL (over a 2-year period). The monthly model predictions can be updated daily, weekly, or monthly and thus may be applied to forecast suitable conditions for to inform vector-control activities and guide household-level actions to reduce mosquito habitat and human exposure.


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  • Received : 05 Nov 2017
  • Accepted : 07 Nov 2018
  • Published online : 26 Dec 2018

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