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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BITING ARTHROPODS: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Laboratory evaluation of the response of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus uninfected and infected with dengue virus to deet

Authors
item Frances, Stephen -
item Sithiprasasna, R. -
item Linthicum, Kenneth

Submitted to: Journal of Medical Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 1, 2010
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Citation: Frances, S.P., Sithiprasasna, R., Linthicum, K. 2011. Laboratory evaluation of the response of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus uninfected and infected with dengue virus to deet. Journal of Medical Entomology. 48(2):334-336.

Interpretive Summary: Dengue viruses cause an important human disease in most tropical regions of the world. Proper application of mosquito repellents to the skin is the best way to prevent mosquito bites and prevent acquiring diseases from biting mosquitoes. We found that mosquitoes infected with each of the 4 dengue virus were repelled by Deet, the most common mosquito repellent, just as well as non-infected mosquitoes.

Technical Abstract: Laboratory studies were conducted to compare the response of Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) adults, uninfected and infected with four serotypes of dengue virus, to a repellent containing 5% deet. The results showed that mosquitoes infected with the four serotypes of dengue respond in a similar way to uninfected mosquitoes.

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