The mosquito electrocuting trap as an exposure-free method for measuring human-biting rates by Aedes mosquito vectors

Ortega-López, L. D. , Pondeville, E., Kohl, A. , León, R., Pazmino Betancourth, M. , Almire, F., Torres-Valencia, S., Saldarriaga, S., Mirzai, N. and Ferguson, H. M. (2020) The mosquito electrocuting trap as an exposure-free method for measuring human-biting rates by Aedes mosquito vectors. Parasites and Vectors, 13, 31. (doi: 10.1186/s13071-020-3887-8) (PMID:31941536) (PMCID:PMC6961254)

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Background: Entomological monitoring of Aedes vectors has largely relied on surveillance of larvae, pupae and non-host-seeking adults, which have been poorly correlated with human disease incidence. Exposure to mosquito-borne diseases can be more directly estimated using human landing catches (HLC), although this method is not recommended for Aedes-borne arboviruses. We evaluated a new method previously tested with malaria vectors, the mosquito electrocuting trap (MET) as an exposure-free alternative for measuring landing rates of Aedes mosquitoes on people. Aims were to (i) compare the MET to the BG-sentinel (BGS) trap gold standard approach for sampling host-seeking Aedes vectors; and (ii) characterize the diel activity of Aedes vectors and their association with microclimatic conditions. Methods: The study was conducted over 12 days in Quinindé (Ecuador) in May 2017. Mosquito sampling stations were set up in the peridomestic area of four houses. On each day of sampling, each house was allocated either a MET or a BGS trap, which were rotated amongst the four houses daily in a Latin square design. Mosquito abundance and microclimatic conditions were recorded hourly at each sampling station between 7:00–19:00 h to assess variation between vector abundance, trapping methods, and environmental conditions. All Aedes aegypti females were tested for the presence of Zika (ZIKV), dengue (DENV) and chikungunya (CHIKV) viruses. Results: A higher number of Ae. aegypti females were found in MET than in BGS collections, although no statistically significant differences in mean Ae. aegypti abundance between trapping methods were found. Both trapping methods indicated female Ae. aegypti had bimodal patterns of host-seeking, being highest during early morning and late afternoon hours. Mean Ae. aegypti daily abundance was negatively associated with daily temperature. No infection by ZIKV, DENV or CHIKV was detected in any Aedes mosquitoes caught by either trapping method. Conclusion: We conclude the MET performs at least as well as the BGS standard and offers the additional advantage of direct measurement of per capita human-biting rates. If detection of arboviruses can be confirmed in MET-collected Aedes in future studies, this surveillance method could provide a valuable tool for surveillance and prediction on human arboviral exposure risk.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mirzai, Mr Nosrat and Pondeville, Dr Emilie and Ortega López, Leonardo and Almire, Ms Floriane and Pazmino Betancourth, Mr Mauro and Kohl, Professor Alain and Ferguson, Professor Heather
Authors: Ortega-López, L. D., Pondeville, E., Kohl, A., León, R., Pazmino Betancourth, M., Almire, F., Torres-Valencia, S., Saldarriaga, S., Mirzai, N., and Ferguson, H. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity > Centre for Virus Research
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:Parasites and Vectors
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN (Online):1756-3305
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Parasites and Vectors 13: 31
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
172666Eco-epidemiological surveillance of Zika virus in Colombia and EcuadorHeather FergusonMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_PC_15081Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
656551Arbovirus interactions with arthropod hostsAlain KohlMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12014/8MVLS III - CENTRE FOR VIRUS RESEARCH