Novel estimates of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) population size and adult survival based on Wolbachia releases

Ritchie, Scott A., Montgomery, Brian L., and Hoffman, Ary A. (2013) Novel estimates of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) population size and adult survival based on Wolbachia releases. Journal of Medical Entomology, 50 (3). pp. 624-631.

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The size of Aedes aegypti (L.) mosquito populations and adult survival rates have proven difficult to estimate because of a lack of consistent quantitative measures to equate sampling methods, such as adult trapping, to actual population size. However, such estimates are critical for devising control methods and for modeling the transmission of dengue and other infectious agents carried by this species. Here we take advantage of recent releases of Wolbachia-infected Ae. aegypti coupled with the results of ongoing monitoring to estimate the size of adult Ae. aegypti populations around Cairns in far north Queensland, Australia. Based on the association between released adults infected with Wolbachia and data from Biogents Sentinel traps, we show that data from two locations are consistent with population estimates of approximately 5-10 females per house and daily survival rates of 0.7-0.9 for the released Wolbachia-infected females. Moreover, we estimate that networks of Biogents Sentinel traps at a density of one per 15 houses capture around 5-10% of the adult population per week, and provide a rapid estimate of the absolute population size of Ae. aegypti. These data are discussed with respect to release rates and monitoring in future Wolbachia releases and also the levels of suppression required to reduce dengue transmission.

Item ID: 29512
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0022-2585
Keywords: Aedes aegypti, Wolbachia, dengue, BGS trap, surveillance
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Funders: Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia, Queensland Government National and International Research Alliances Program
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 04:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110804 Medical Virology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 100%
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