The microbiome modulates arbovirus transmission in mosquitoes

Shivanand Hegde, Jason L. Rasgon, Grant L. Hughes

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Mosquito-transmitted arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) such as dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus constitute a major public health burden and are increasing in severity and frequency worldwide. The microbiota associated with mosquitoes (comprised of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa) can profoundly influence many host phenotypes including vector competence, which can either be enhanced or suppressed. Thus, the tripartite interactions between the mosquito vector, its microbiota and the pathogens they transmit offer novel possibilities to control arthropod-borne diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Virology
StatePublished - Dec 15 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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