A Review of the Surveillance Techniques for Aedes albopictus

Qin-Mei LiuZhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, China

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Zhen WangZhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, China

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Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) transmits a variety of arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses) and acts as one of the most dangerous mosquito species in the world. Mosquito surveillance is the main means of evaluating vector density, vector-borne disease risk, and the efficacy of vector-control operations. The larval density of Ae. albopictus can be reflected by means of Breteau index and Route index, and egg density can be monitored by ovitrap and mosq-ovitrap, whereas mosquito surveillance methods mainly include human landing catch, human-baited double net trap, BG-Sentinel trap, autocidal gravid ovitrap, gravid Aedes trap, and mosquito magnet. This article describes different methods of Ae. albopictus surveillance and offers suggestions to improve surveillance.

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Address correspondence to Zhen-Yu Gong or Zhen Wang, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 3399 Binsheng Road, Hangzhou 310051, China. E-mails: zhygong@cdc.zj.cn or zwang_zj@163.com

Financial support: This work was supported by grants from the State Key Project for Scientific & Technological Development of the 13th Five-year Plan in China (grant no.: 2017ZX10303404005004).

Authors’ addresses: Qin-Mei Liu, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, China, E-mail: qmliu@cdc.zj.cn. Zhen Wang, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, China, E-mail: zwang_zj@163.com. Zhen-Yu Gong, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, China, E-mail: zhygong@cdc.zj.cn.

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