Geographic Distribution and Breeding Site Preference of Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Cameroon, Central Africa

Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Paludisme, Organization of Coordination for the Fight against Endémies in Central Africa, P.O. Box 288, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Journal of Medical Entomology (Impact Factor: 1.95). 10/2005; 42(5):726-31. DOI: 10.1603/0022-2585(2005)042[0726:GDABSP]2.0.CO;2
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Presence in Cameroon of the recently introduced Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse) in association with the indigenous Aedes aegypti (L.) raises public heath concerns because it might alter the risk of arbovirus transmission. The breeding site and distribution of the two Stegomyia species are updated and reported following entomological surveys carried out in 22 localities throughout Cameroon, with a total of 1,353 containers with water visited. Ae. aegypti was found in every location sampled, showing higher infestation rates in northern Cameroon. Breeding populations of Ae. albopictus were observed in all 19 southern localities, up to the Adamaoua mountains, but the species was not recorded further north. In the area where both species are present, they were often sampled in the same larval developmental sites, suggesting convergent habitat segregation. The most frequently encountered artificial and natural breeding sites were used tires, discarded tins and plastic containers, abandoned car parts, brick holes, dead leaves on the ground, tree holes, and rock pools. Further monitoring of the demographic as well as geographic expansion of Ae. albopictus in this Afrotropical environment and its relationships with indigenous Ae. aegypti should provide insight into the biology of this highly invasive species and help to implement arboviruses surveillance programs in the area.

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    • "tins and plastic containers, abandoned car parts, brick holes, dead leaves on the ground, tree holes, and rock pools; Simard et al. 2005). Ae. albopictus prefers to lay eggs in stagnant or nonturbulent waters containing microflora and fauna, debris of plant and animal origin (Clements 1963, Becker et al. 2010). "
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    • "albopictus because the accumulation of water at domestic and peridomestic sites can increase the number of artificial and natural breeding sites for mosquitoes (Chen & Hsieh 2012). Aedes aegypti is the principal vector of important arboviruses such as Yellow fever virus, Chikungunya virus, Zika virus, La Crosse virus and the four serotypes of Dengue virus (DENV1-4) (Simard et al. 2005; Paupy et al. 2009; Rezza 2012). Laboratory studies have demonstrated the competence of Ae. albopictus to become infected with and to transmit approximately 26 arboviruses , including Japanese encephalitis virus, West Nile virus, Yellow fever virus and Chikungunya virus (Gratz 2004; Ponce et al. 2004). "
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