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Malaria Vectors in the Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea): Estimation of Vector Dynamics and Transmission Intensities

J. Cano, P. J. Berzosa, J. Roche, J. M. Rubio, E. Moyano, A. Guerra-neira, H. Brochero, M. Mico, M. Edú, A. Benito
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-41.2.158 158-161 First published online: 1 March 2004


The current study was performed on the Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea) with the aim of establishing a rapid assessment technique for mapping malaria risk and measuring vector densities. Human bait collection, tent traps, light traps, indoor resting collection, and window exit traps were used to collect Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles funestus, the two anopheline species involved in malaria transmission in this island. Capture data were used to compare differences in the behavior and vectorial capacity of An. gambiae s.s. and An. funestus. Differences in the two species of mosquitoes were found in relation to the season and trapping methods used. Entomological inoculation rates (EIR) for Plasmodium falciparum were calculated using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test with individual anopheline mosquitoes from human bait collections in two villages during the dry and rainy seasons. P. falciparum sporozoites were detected from both dissected heads/thorax and abdomens of both species.

  • malaria
  • Anopheline vectors
  • transmission dynamics
  • Bioko
  • Equatorial Guinea
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