Zika virus transmitting mosquito populations in China

October 12, 2017

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The authors were interested in the vector competence of potential mosquito species for Zika virus in China and so experimentally infected Aedes aegypti, A. albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes to determine their infection, dissemination and transmission rates. They found that the highest vector competence for imported Zika virus is in A. aegypti mosquitoes, with some susceptibility of A. albopictus mosquitoes but transmission ability for C. quinquefasciatus mosquitoes. A. albopictus mosquitoes are widely distributed in China while A. aegypti are more limited. Therefore control efforts should focus on A. albopictus mosquitoes, as the potential primary vector for the virus.

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Liu Z, Zhou T, Lai Z, Zhang Z, Jia Z, et al. ISSN: Emerg Infect Dis; 23(7): 1085-1091


Added: October 12, 2017