Occurrence of a mosquito vector in bird houses: Developmental consequences and potential epidemiological implications

Hamady Dieng, Rahimah Binti Hassan, Ahmad Abu Hassan, Idris Abd. Ghani, Fatimah Bt Abang, Tomomitsu Satho, Fumio Miake, Hamdan Ahmad, Yuki Fukumitsu, Nur Aida Hashim, Wan Fatma Zuharah, Nur Faeza Abu Kassim, Abdul Hafiz Ab Majid, Rekha Selvarajoo, Cirilo Nolasco-Hipolito, Olaide Olawunmi Ajibola, Andrew Alek Tuen

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Abstract

Even with continuous vector control, dengue is still a growing threat to public health in Southeast Asia. Main causes comprise difficulties in identifying productive breeding sites and inappropriate targeted chemical interventions. In this region, rural families keep live birds in backyards and dengue mosquitoes have been reported in containers in the cages. To focus on this particular breeding site, we examined the capacity of bird fecal matter (BFM) from the spotted dove, to support Aedes albopictus larval growth. The impact of BFM larval uptake on some adult fitness traits influencing vectorial capacity was also investigated. In serial bioassays involving a high and low larval density (HD and LD), BFM and larval standard food (LSF) affected differently larval development. At HD, development was longer in the BFM environment. There were no appreciable mortality differences between the two treatments, which resulted in similar pupation and adult emergence successes. BFM treatment produced a better gender balance. There were comparable levels of blood uptake and egg production in BFM and LSF females at LD; that was not the case for the HD one, which resulted in bigger adults. BFM and LSF females displayed equivalent lifespans; in males, this parameter was shorter in those derived from the BFM/LD treatment. Taken together these results suggest that bird defecations successfully support the development of Ae. albopictus. Due to their cryptic aspects, containers used to supply water to encaged birds may not have been targeted by chemical interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalActa Tropica
Volume145
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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Birds
Culicidae
birds
dengue
Aedes albopictus
Dengue
Food
breeding sites
Breeding
containers
Mosquito Vectors
rural families
vectorial capacity
uptake mechanisms
Southeastern Asia
Defecation
defecation
doves
vector control
Aedes

Keywords

  • Adult life traits
  • Aedes larvae
  • Bird feces
  • Development
  • Epidemiological significance
  • Nutrient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Occurrence of a mosquito vector in bird houses : Developmental consequences and potential epidemiological implications. / Dieng, Hamady; Hassan, Rahimah Binti; Hassan, Ahmad Abu; Abd. Ghani, Idris; Abang, Fatimah Bt; Satho, Tomomitsu; Miake, Fumio; Ahmad, Hamdan; Fukumitsu, Yuki; Hashim, Nur Aida; Zuharah, Wan Fatma; Kassim, Nur Faeza Abu; Majid, Abdul Hafiz Ab; Selvarajoo, Rekha; Nolasco-Hipolito, Cirilo; Ajibola, Olaide Olawunmi; Tuen, Andrew Alek.

In: Acta Tropica, Vol. 145, 01.05.2015, p. 68-78.

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Dieng, H, Hassan, RB, Hassan, AA, Abd. Ghani, I, Abang, FB, Satho, T, Miake, F, Ahmad, H, Fukumitsu, Y, Hashim, NA, Zuharah, WF, Kassim, NFA, Majid, AHA, Selvarajoo, R, Nolasco-Hipolito, C, Ajibola, OO & Tuen, AA 2015, 'Occurrence of a mosquito vector in bird houses: Developmental consequences and potential epidemiological implications', Acta Tropica, vol. 145, pp. 68-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2015.01.004
Dieng, Hamady ; Hassan, Rahimah Binti ; Hassan, Ahmad Abu ; Abd. Ghani, Idris ; Abang, Fatimah Bt ; Satho, Tomomitsu ; Miake, Fumio ; Ahmad, Hamdan ; Fukumitsu, Yuki ; Hashim, Nur Aida ; Zuharah, Wan Fatma ; Kassim, Nur Faeza Abu ; Majid, Abdul Hafiz Ab ; Selvarajoo, Rekha ; Nolasco-Hipolito, Cirilo ; Ajibola, Olaide Olawunmi ; Tuen, Andrew Alek. / Occurrence of a mosquito vector in bird houses : Developmental consequences and potential epidemiological implications. In: Acta Tropica. 2015 ; Vol. 145. pp. 68-78.
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