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Resting and feeding preferences of Anopheles stephensi in an urban setting, perennial for malaria

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, March 2017
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Resting and feeding preferences of Anopheles stephensi in an urban setting, perennial for malaria
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Malaria Journal, March 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12936-017-1764-5
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Shalu Thomas, Sangamithra Ravishankaran, N. A. Johnson Amala Justin, Aswin Asokan, Manu Thomas Mathai, Neena Valecha, Jacqui Montgomery, Matthew B. Thomas, Alex Eapen


The Indian city of Chennai is endemic for malaria and the known local malaria vector is Anopheles stephensi. Plasmodium vivax is the predominant malaria parasite species, though Plasmodium falciparum is present at low levels. The urban ecotype of malaria prevails in Chennai with perennial transmission despite vector surveillance by the Urban Malaria Scheme (UMS) of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP). Understanding the feeding and resting preferences, together with the transmission potential of adult vectors in the area is essential in effective planning and execution of improved vector control measures. A yearlong survey was carried out in cattle sheds and human dwellings to check the resting, feeding preferences and transmission potential of An. stephensi. The gonotrophic status, age structure, resting and host seeking preferences were studied. The infection rate in An. stephensi and Anopheles subpictus were analysed by circumsporozoite ELISA (CS-ELISA). Adult vectors were found more frequently and at higher densities in cattle sheds than human dwellings. The overall Human Blood Index (HBI) was 0.009 indicating the vectors to be strongly zoophilic. Among the vectors collected from human dwellings, 94.2% were from thatched structures and the remaining 5.8% from tiled and asbestos structures. 57.75% of the dissected vectors were nulliparous whereas, 35.83% were monoparous and the rest 6.42% biparous. Sporozoite positivity rate was 0.55% (4/720) and 1.92% (1/52) for An. stephensi collected from cattle sheds and human dwellings, respectively. One adult An. subpictus (1/155) was also found to be infected with P. falciparum. Control of the adult vector populations can be successful only by understanding the resting and feeding preferences. The present study indicates that adult vectors predominantly feed on cattle and cattle sheds are the preferred resting place, possibly due to easy availability of blood meal source and lack of any insecticide or repellent pressure. Hence targeting these resting sites with cost effective, socially acceptable intervention tools, together with effective larval source management to reduce vector breeding, could provide an improved integrated vector management strategy to help drive down malaria transmission and assist in India's plan to eliminate malaria by 2030.

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Unknown 85 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 20%
Researcher 17 20%
Student > Master 14 16%
Student > Bachelor 10 12%
Other 5 6%
Other 8 9%
Unknown 14 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 25 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 9%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 6%
Environmental Science 4 5%
Other 13 15%
Unknown 21 25%

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