Bloodfeeding patterns of sylvatic arbovirus vectors in southeastern Senegal

Diawo Diallo, Rubing Chen, Cheikh T. Diagne, Yamar Ba, Ibrahima Dia, Amadou A. Sall, Scott C. Weaver, Mawlouth Diallo

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Background: Dengue (DENV), yellow fever (YFV) and chikungunya (CHIKV) viruses circulate in sylvatic, enzootic transmission cycles in southeastern Senegal, but understanding of the vector-host interactions involved is limited. Methods: The vertebrate hosts of several potential mosquito vectors of the three viruses were identified by PCR amplification and sequencing portions of the cytochrome b gene from bloodmeals of mosquitoes collected in Kedougou, Senegal, June 2010-January 2011. Results: We identified the sources of 65 bloodmeals of 82 engorged mosquitoes. Aedes taylori was the only species that fed on monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus and Papio papio). The majority of the avian-derived bloodmeals were from the Western Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator). Conclusion: These findings corroborate the importance of Ae. taylori and African monkeys in the sylvatic cycles of YFV, DENV and CHIKV and suggest the possible involvement of other vertebrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-203
Number of pages4
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Arboviruses
  • Bloodmeal
  • Disease vectors
  • Mosquitoes
  • Senegal
  • Vertebrate hosts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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