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Monitoring of malaria, Japanese encephalitis and filariasis vectors

Medical Journal Armed Forces India
DOI: 10.1016/j.mjafi.2013.10.014
  • Military Station
  • Disease Vector
  • Insecticide Resistance
  • Medicine


Abstract Background Vector monitoring in military stations would help in protecting the armed forces from vector borne diseases such as malaria, Japanese encephalitis and filariasis. Methods Adult mosquitoes were collected from four villages around a military station in India using light traps and the species composition was estimated. Insecticide susceptibility of disease vectors against DDT, deltamethrin and permethrin was established using WHO kits. Results The known malaria vectors constituted 4.9% of the total mosquito collections and Anophelesphilippinensis/nivipes (2.05%) was the most abundant. Japanese encephalitis and dengue vectors constituted 25.3 and 0.05% whereas the known vectors of both Japanese encephalitis and filariasis formed 50.9%. The mean (±SEmean) of annual parasitic index, slide positivity and Plasmodium falciparum percentage among the civilian population during the study period were 1.46 ± 0.37, 1.65 ± 0.77 and 50.2 ± 10.7. The filariasis vector Culex quinquefasciatus was resistant to DDT with 65.4% mortality whereas the DDT resistance in the Japanese encephalitis vector Culex vishnui gr. with 91.9% mortality needs to be confirmed. All other species tested were susceptible to DDT, deltamethrin and permethrin. Conclusion Targeted interventions are needed to reduce the disease burden and vector activity in the villages adjoining the military station. The use of insect repellents, bed nets and repellent impregnated uniforms by the troops should be ensured for protection from vector borne diseases.

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