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Mosquito community composition and abundance at contrasting sites in northern South Africa, 2014-2017

June 6, 2020 - 14:50 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Johnson T, Braack L, Guarido M, Venter M, Gouveia Almeida AP
Reference: 
J Vector Ecol. 2020 Jun; 45(1):104-117

Most data on species associations and vector potential of mosquitoes in relation to arboviral infections in South Africa date back from the 1940s to late 1990s. Contextual information crucial for disease risk management and control, such as the sampling effort, diversity, abundance, and distribution of mosquitoes in large parts of South Africa still remains limited. Adult mosquitoes were collected routinely from two horse farms in Gauteng Province; two wildlife reserves in Limpopo Province, at Orpen Gate in Kruger National Park (KNP) and Mnisi Area in Mpumalanga Province between 2014–2017, using carbon dioxide‐baited light and tent traps.

Inhibition of Asaia in Adult Mosquitoes Causes Male-Specific Mortality and Diverse Transcriptome Changes

May 21, 2020 - 06:24 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Mancini MV, Damiani C, Favia G, et al.
Reference: 
Pathogens. 2020 May 15; 9(5):E380

Mosquitoes can transmit many infectious diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and lymphatic filariasis. Current mosquito control strategies are failing to reduce the severity of outbreaks that still cause high human morbidity and mortality worldwide. Great expectations have been placed on genetic control methods. Among other methods, genetic modification of the bacteria colonizing different mosquito species and expressing anti-pathogen molecules may represent an innovative tool to combat mosquito-borne diseases.

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