The effect of temperature on the extrinsic incubation period and infection rate of dengue virus serotype 2 infection in Aedes albopictus
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Dengue fever is an acute mosquito-borne viral disease caused by dengue virus (DENV). Temperature may affect the efficiency of the mosquito vectors in spreading DENV. Aedes albopictus mosquitoes were infected orally with a DENV2 suspension and incubated at different temperatures. Subsequently, DENV2 antigen was collected from salivary gland and thorax-abdomen samples on different days postinfection and tested using an immunofluorescence assay to determine the extrinsic incubation period and infection rate. As the temperature increased, the extrinsic DENV2 incubation period in Ae. albopictus gradually shortened, and infection rates showed a tendency to initially increase, followed by a subsequent decrease.
KeywordsSalivary Gland Blood Meal Viral Antigen Dengue Virus Dengue Fever
This work was supported by grants from The National “The 11th Five-year” Technology Support program (No.2007BAC03A02), National Important Technology Specific Research Program of China (2008ZX10004-011) and Social Development of Fujian Province Key Project (2010Y0010).
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