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1 December 2008 Spread of the West Nile virus vector Culex modestus and the potential malaria vector Anopheles hyrcanus in central Europe
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Mosquito faunal studies were carried out in five separate wetland regions in the Czech Republic during 2004–2007, sampling with dry ice-baited and sentinel host-baited CDC traps. A total of 79,245 adults was identified, representing 23 mosquito species that belonged to the genera Anopheles, Culiseta, Coquillettidia, Aedes, and Culex. Our findings reveal that the mosquito fauna is enriched by new elements in the Mediterranean region. Historical and CDC trap data suggest that the newly-emerging potential malaria vector, Anopheles hyrcanus, has reached the northern limit of its distribution in the Czech Republic, and the important West Nile virus (WNV) vector, Culex modestus, has widened its distribution in the Czech Republic. No significant differences were observed in a total number of mosquitoes collected by traps baited with either the sentinel animals or with CO2, although species abundance differed. A relatively higher proportion of Cx. modestus was collected in the sentinel-baited traps, while the proportion of Cx. pipiens was higher in the CO2-baited traps.

Jan Votýpka, Veronika Šeblová, and Jana Rádrová "Spread of the West Nile virus vector Culex modestus and the potential malaria vector Anopheles hyrcanus in central Europe," Journal of Vector Ecology 33(2), 269-277, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.3376/1081-1710-33.2.269
Accepted: 14 February 2008; Published: 1 December 2008
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