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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Apr;86(4):665-76. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0513.

Dispersal of male Aedes aegypti in a coastal village in southern Mexico.

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Pasteur Institute-Cenci Bolognetti Foundation, University of Rome Sapienza, Italy.

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  • Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Oct;87(4):779. Bond, J Guillermo [added].


Most Aedes aegypti dispersal studies have focused on females because of their central role in dengue virus transmission. Only a few mark-release-recapture (MRR) studies provided insights into male Ae. aegypti dispersal. To fill this knowledge gap, we conducted five male Ae. aegypti MRR experiments in a coastal village in southern Mexico. Small and large male cohorts were marked with fluorescent dusts, released outside buildings, and recaptures were carried out by using backpack aspirators. Recapture rates ranged between 0.35% and 6.55% and median distance traveled was 12-166 meters. A statistically significant difference in median distance traveled with large males dispersing farther than small ones was detected only in one experiment (MRR5: U = 3.5, P < 0.01). Male dispersal data will be useful for constructing and estimating parameter values and validating models that will be used to plan the most effective release strategies for genetically modified male Ae. aegypti.

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