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1 July 2015 Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Mauritania: First Report on the Presence of the Arbovirus Mosquito Vector in Nouakchott
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Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae) is a major vector of yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses throughout tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Although the southernmost part of Mauritania along the Senegal river has long been recognized at risk of yellow fever transmission, Aedes spp. mosquitoes had never been reported northwards in Mauritania. Here, we report the first observation of Aedes aegypti aegypti (L.) and Aedes (Ochlerotatus) caspius (Pallas, 1771) in the capital city, Nouakchott. We describe the development sites in which larvae of the two species were found, drawing attention to the risk for emergence of arbovirus transmission in the city.

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Khadijetou Mint Lekweiry, Mohamed Salem Ould Ahmedou Salem, Khyarhoum Ould Brahim, Mohamed Aly Ould Lemrabott, Cécile Brengues, Ousmane Faye, Frédéric Simard, and Ali Ould Mohamed Salem Boukhary "Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Mauritania: First Report on the Presence of the Arbovirus Mosquito Vector in Nouakchott," Journal of Medical Entomology 52(4), 730-733, (1 July 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjv051
Received: 20 January 2015; Accepted: 17 April 2015; Published: 1 July 2015
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