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Effect of different hosts on feeding patterns and mortality of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) and their implications on parasite transmission

Author(s): Kweka Eliningaya | Mwang′onde Beda | Lyaruu Lucile | Tenu Filemoni | Mahande Aneth

Journal: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
ISSN 0974-777X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Feeding pattern | Host behavior | Mortality | Mosquitoes | Parasites

Aim: The host-response to hematophagus insects is still an important parameter in understanding disease transmission patterns. We investigated the feeding and mortality rates of three mosquito species, namely Culex quinquefasciatus, Aedes aegypti and Anopheles arabiensis against three different hosts. Materials and Methods: Unfed three to five-day-old female mosquitoes were released in a tunnel box that had a rabbit or guinea pig or mice as a host. The feeding succession patterns of mosquitoes in different hosts were An. arabiensis, Cx. quinquefasciatus and A. aegypti. Results: Mosquito mortality rate was 54.9% for mosquitoes introduced in mice as a host, 34.3% in the Guinea pig and 10.8% for those that introduced in the rabbit. Conclusion: The presence of defensive and tolerable hosts in environment emphasizes the relevance of studying epidemiological impact of these behaviors in relation to diseases transmission.
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