- Authors: LAURA C. HARRINGTON1, THOMAS W. SCOTT1, KRIANGKRAI LERDTHUSNEE1, RUSSELL C. COLEMAN1, ADRIANA COSTERO1, GARY G. CLARK1, JAMES J. JONES1, SANGVORN KITTHAWEE1, PATTAMAPORN KITTAYAPONG1, RATANA SITHIPRASASNA1, JOHN D. EDMAN1
View Affiliations Hide AffiliationsAffiliations: 1 Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, California; Department of Entomology, Armed Forces Research Institute for Medical Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand; Medical Entomology Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland; Dengue Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Center for Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases and Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
- Publisher: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,
- Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 72, Issue 2, Feb 2005, p. 209 - 220
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2005.72.209
f DISPERSAL OF THE DENGUE VECTOR AEDES AEGYPTI WITHIN AND BETWEEN RURAL COMMUNITIES
Knowledge of mosquito dispersal is critical for vector-borne disease control and prevention strategies and for understanding population structure and pathogen dissemination. We determined Aedes aegypti flight range and dispersal patterns from 21 mark-release-recapture experiments conducted over 11 years (1991–2002) in Puerto Rico and Thailand. Dispersal was compared by release location, sex, age, season, and village. For all experiments, the majority of mosquitoes were collected from their release house or adjacent house. Inter-village movement was detected rarely, with a few mosquitoes moving a maximum of 512 meters from one Thai village to the next. Average dispersal distances were similar for males and females and females released indoors versus outdoors. The movement of Ae. aegypti was not influenced by season or age, but differed by village. Results demonstrate that adult Ae. aegypti disperse relatively short distances, suggesting that people rather than mosquitoes are the primary mode of dengue virus dissemination within and among communities.
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