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María V Cardo, Alejandra Rubio, Melania Junges, Darío Vezzani, Aníbal E Carbajo
Given their medical and veterinary relevance, the members of the Pipiens Assemblage are a worldwide target of ecological research. The distribution of Culex pipiens s.s. and Cx. quinquefasciatus converge in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where hybrids have been detected. Each member of the assemblage exhibits a distinct eco-physiological behaviour that can affect its efficiency in pathogen transmission. Our aim was to identify the environmental drivers for the spatio-temporal distribution of each member, focusing on latitudinal and urbanisation gradients...
October 24, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Andrew D Haddow, Farooq Nasar, Hilda Guzman, Alongkot Ponlawat, Richard G Jarman, Robert B Tesh, Scott C Weaver
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) has extended its known geographic distribution to the New World and is now responsible for severe clinical complications in a subset of patients. While substantial genetic and vector susceptibility data exist for ZIKV, less is known for the closest related flavivirus, Spondweni virus (SPONV). Both ZIKV and SPONV have been known to circulate in Africa since the mid-1900s, but neither has been genetically characterized by gene and compared in parallel. Furthermore, the susceptibility of peridomestic mosquito species incriminated or suspected in the transmission of ZIKV to SPONV was unknown...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
James Weger-Lucarelli, Claudia Rückert, Nunya Chotiwan, Chilinh Nguyen, Selene M Garcia Luna, Joseph R Fauver, Brian D Foy, Rushika Perera, William C Black, Rebekah C Kading, Gregory D Ebel
In 2015, Zika virus (ZIKV; Flaviviridae; Flavivirus) emerged in the Americas, causing millions of infections in dozens of countries. The rapid spread of the virus and the association with disease outcomes such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly make understanding transmission dynamics essential. Currently, there are no reports of vector competence (VC) of American mosquitoes for ZIKV isolates from the Americas. Further, it is not clear whether ZIKV strains from other genetic lineages can be transmitted by American Aedes aegypti populations, and whether the scope of the current epidemic is in part facilitated by viral factors such as enhanced replicative fitness or increased vector competence...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Joel Lutomiah, Roberto Barrera, Albina Makio, James Mutisya, Hellen Koka, Samuel Owaka, Edith Koskei, Albert Nyunja, Fredrick Eyase, Rodney Coldren, Rosemary Sang
Dengue outbreaks were first reported in East Africa in the late 1970s to early 1980s including the 1982 outbreak on the Kenyan coast. In 2011, dengue outbreaks occurred in Mandera in northern Kenya and subsequently in Mombasa city along the Kenyan coast in 2013-2014. Following laboratory confirmation of dengue fever cases, an entomologic investigation was conducted to establish the mosquito species, and densities, causing the outbreak. Affected parts of the city were identified with the help of public health officials...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
A Mbida Mbida, J Etang, P Akono Ntonga, C Eboumbou Moukoko, P Awono-Ambene, D Tagne, A Talipouo, W Ekoko, J Binyang, R Tchoffo, G Lehman, R Mimpfoundi
Malaria vectors control is essentially based on the use of insecticides against adult mosquitoes. However because of the development of resistance to insecticides, there is now a renewed interest in the management of larval sources. The aim of the present study was to map and characterize the breeding sites of Anopheles coluzzii in the Wouri river estuary in Cameroon. Larval surveys were carried out between December 2013 and August 2014 in rural areas on the island of Manoka and urban area in Youpwe at Douala...
October 25, 2016: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
Wenlin Huang, Matthew A Hulverson, Zhongsheng Zhang, Ryan Choi, Kevin J Hart, Mark Kennedy, Rama Subba Rao Vidadala, Dustin J Maly, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Scott E Lindner, Erkang Fan, Kayode K Ojo
Plasmodium falciparum calcium-dependent protein kinase 4 (PfCDPK4) is essential for the exflagellation of male gametocytes. Inhibition of PfCDPK4 is an effective way of blocking the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes. A series of 5-aminopyrazole-4-carboxamide analogues are demonstrated to be potent inhibitors of PfCDPK4. The compounds are also able to block exflagellation of Plasmodium falciparum male gametocytes without observable toxicity to mammalian cells.
October 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Mark Hoppé, Ottmar F Hueter, Andy Bywater, Philip Wege, Peter Maienfisch
Malaria is a vector-borne and life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. The vector control insecticide market represents a small fraction of the crop protection market and is estimated to be valued at up to $500 million at the active ingredient level. Insecticide resistance towards the current WHOPES-approved products urgently requires the development of new tools to protect communities against the transmission of malaria...
October 2016: Chimia
Richard H G Baxter
Both historically and at present, vector control is the most generally effective means of controlling malaria transmission. Insecticides are the predominant method of vector control, but the sterile insect technique (SIT) is a complementary strategy with a successful track record in both agricultural and public health sectors. Strategies of genetic and radiation-induced sterilization of Anopheles have to date been limited by logistical and/or regulatory hurdles. A safe and effective mosquito chemosterilant would therefore be of major utility to future deployment of SIT for malaria control...
October 2016: Chimia
James M Mutunga, Qiao-Hong Chen, Dawn M Wong, Polo C-H Lam, Jianyong Li, Maxim M Totrov, Aaron D Gross, Paul R Carlier, Jeffrey R Bloomquist
Widespread pyrethroid resistance has caused an urgent need to develop new insecticides for control of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. Insecticide discovery efforts were directed towards the construction of bivalent inhibitors that occupy both the peripheral and catalytic sites of the mosquito acetylcholinesterase (AChE). It was hypothesized that this approach would yield a selective, high potency inhibitor that would also circumvent known catalytic site mutations (e.g. G119S) causing target site resistance...
October 2016: Chimia
Ottmar F Hueter, Mark Hoppé, Philip Wege, Peter Maienfisch
A significant proportion of the world's population remains at risk from malaria, and whilst great progress has been made in reducing the number of malaria cases globally through the use of vector control insecticides, these gains are under threat from the emergence of insecticide resistance. The spread of resistance in the vector populations, principally to pyrethroids, is driving the need for the development of new tools for malaria vector control. In order to identify new leads 30,000 compounds from the Syngenta corporate chemical collection were tested in a newly developed screening platform...
October 2016: Chimia
Alexander Arlt, Niels Böhnke, Sebastian Horstmann, Arnoldus W P Vermeer, Stefan Werner, Robert Velten
During our continuous search for new resistance-breaking insecticides applicable to malaria vector control, a new class of α,β-unsaturated imines was identified by applying the principle of conformational rigidification as a powerful tool for compound optimisation. Herein we describe the successful synthesis of these compounds and their biological test results. Our lead compound 16 from this insecticidal class outperforms market standards, notably for the control of mosquito strains that exhibit either metabolic or target-site resistance to these established insecticides...
October 2016: Chimia
Radha V Patel, Kristy M Shaeer, Pooja Patel, Aleksey Garmaza, Kornwalee Wiangkham, Rachel B Franks, Olivia Pane, Nicholas W Carris
In many parts of the United States, mosquitoes were previously nuisance pests. However, they now represent a potential threat in the spread of viral diseases. The Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex species mosquitoes are endemic to the United States and together may transmit a variety of viral diseases of growing concern including West Nile Virus, chikungunya, dengue fever, and Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) as a first-line mosquito repellent, but for patients refusing DEET or other conventional repellents, guidance is limited to any EPA-registered product...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Dušan Petrić, Tamaš Petrović, Ivana Hrnjaković Cvjetković, Marija Zgomba, Vesna Milošević, Gospava Lazić, Aleksandra Ignjatović Ćupina, Diana Lupulović, Sava Lazić, Dragan Dondur, Slavica Vaselek, Aleksandar Živulj, Bratislav Kisin, Tibor Molnar, Djordje Janku, Dubravka Pudar, Jelena Radovanov, Mihaela Kavran, Gordana Kovačević, Budimir Plavšić, Aleksandra Jovanović Galović, Milan Vidić, Svetlana Ilić, Mina Petrić
Efforts to detect West Nile virus (WNV) in the Vojvodina province, northern Serbia, commenced with human and mosquito surveillance in 2005, followed by horse (2009) and wild bird (2012) surveillance. The knowledge obtained regarding WNV circulation, combined with the need for timely detection of virus activity and risk assessment resulted in the implementation of a national surveillance programme integrating mosquito, horse and bird surveillance in 2014. From 2013, the system showed highly satisfactory results in terms of area specificity (the capacity to indicate the spatial distribution of the risk for human cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease - WNND) and sensitivity to detect virus circulation even at the enzootic level...
October 21, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Penelope Anne Lynch, Mike Boots
Evolution persistently undermines vector control programs through insecticide resistance. Here we propose a novel strategy which instead exploits evolution to generate and sustain new control tools. Effective spatial repellents are needed to keep vectors out of houses. Our approach generates such new repellents by combining a high-toxicity insecticide with a candidate repellent initially effective against only part of the vector population. By killing mosquitoes that enter treated properties the insecticide selects for vector phenotypes deflected by the repellent, increasing efficacy of the repellent against the target vector population and in turn protecting the insecticide against the spread of insecticide resistance...
October 25, 2016: ELife
Annika Brinkmann, Andreas Nitsche, Claudia Kohl
Surveillance and monitoring of viral pathogens circulating in humans and wildlife, together with the identification of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), are critical for the prediction of future disease outbreaks and epidemics at an early stage. It is advisable to sample a broad range of vertebrates and invertebrates at different temporospatial levels on a regular basis to detect possible candidate viruses at their natural source. However, virus surveillance systems can be expensive, costly in terms of finances and resources and inadequate for sampling sufficient numbers of different host species over space and time...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Gordon M Patterson
The American anti-mosquito movement grew out of the discovery of the role of mosquitoes in transferring pathogens and public concern about pest and nuisance mosquitoes in the late 1800s. In the 20th century, organized mosquito control in the United States passed through three eras: mechanical, chemical, and integrated mosquito control. Mosquito control in the 21st century faces the challenge of emerging pathogens, invasive mosquito species, and balancing concerns about the environment with effective control strategies...
October 19, 2016: Insects
A Bennouna, T Balenghien, H El Rhaffouli, F Schaffner, C Garros, L Gardès, Y Lhor, S Hammoumi, G Chlyeh, O Fassi Fihri
The Asian tiger mosquito Stegomyia albopicta (= Aedes albopictus) (Diptera: Culicidae), native to Asian forests, is a nuisance mosquito and is responsible for the transmission of arboviruses of public health importance, such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses. It has colonized parts of all continents, except Antarctica, over the past 30-40 years. However, to date, the only records of S. albopicta in North Africa refer to occasional collections in 2010 and 2014 in Algeria. In early September 2015, S...
October 24, 2016: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Han Xia, Andrew S Beck, Aysen Gargili, Naomi Forrester, Alan D T Barrett, Dennis A Bente
The trade-off hypothesis, the current paradigm of arbovirus evolution, proposes that cycling between vertebrate and invertebrate hosts presents significant constraints on genetic change of arboviruses. Studying these constraints in mosquito-borne viruses has led to a new understanding of epizootics. The trade-off hypothesis is assumed to be applicable to tick-borne viruses too, although studies are lacking. Tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV), a member of the family Bunyaviridae, is a major cause of severe human disease worldwide and shows an extraordinary amount of genetic diversity compared to other arboviruses, which has been linked to increased virulence and emergence in new environments...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kenta Tezuka, Madoka Kuramitsu, Kazu Okuma, Kiyoko Nojima, Kumiko Araki, Naoya Shinohara, Chieko Matsumoto, Masahiro Satake, Tomohiko Takasaki, Masayuki Saijo, Ichiro Kurane, Isao Hamaguchi
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is caused by four related RNA viruses of the genus Flavivirus, dengue virus (DENV)-1, -2, -3, and -4, which are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Although DENV is not endemic in Japan, an autochthonous dengue outbreak occurred in 2014. Several transfusion-transmitted cases have also been reported after the use of blood and plasma products in DENV-endemic countries. The aim of this study was to develop a novel multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for DENV blood screening...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
Truc T Pham, Shengli Meng, Yan Sun, Wenli Lv, Justin Bahl
A comprehensive monitoring strategy is vital for tracking the spread of mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), the leading cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. Virus detection consists of passive surveillance of primarily humans and swine, and/or active surveillance in mosquitoes, which may be a valuable proxy in providing insights into ecological processes underlying the spread and persistence of JEV. However, it has not been well characterized whether passive surveillance alone can capture the circulating genetic diversity to make reasonable inferences...
January 2016: Virus Evolution
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