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Kerteszia subgenus of Anopheles associated with the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest: current knowledge and future challenges

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Author(s):
Marrelli, Mauro Toledo [1] ; Malafronte, Rosely S. ; Sallum, Maria A. M. [3] ; Natal, Delsio
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Saúde Pública. - Brasil
[3] Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Saúde Pública. - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Malaria Journal; v. 6, 2007.
Field of knowledge: Biological Sciences - Zoology
Abstract

The Atlantic rainforest ecosystem, where bromeliads are abundant, provides an excellent environment for Kerteszia species, because these anophelines use the axils of those plants as larval habitat. Anopheles (K.) cruzii and Anopheles (K.) bellator are considered the primary vectors of malaria in the Atlantic forest. Although the incidence of malaria has declined in some areas of the Atlantic forest, autochthonous cases are still registered every year, with Anopheles cruzii being considered to be a primary vector of both human and simian Plasmodium. Recent publications that addressed ecological aspects that are important for understanding the involvement of Kerteszia species in the epidemiology of malaria in the Atlantic rainforest in the Neotropical Region were analysed. The current state of knowledge about Kerteszia species in relation to the Atlantic rainforest ecosystem was discussed. Emphasis was placed on ecological characteristics related to epidemiological aspects of this group of mosquitoes. The main objective was to investigate biological aspects of the species that should be given priority in future studies. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 05/53973-0 - Systematics of the Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus) (Diptera: Culicidae)
Grantee:Maria Anice Mureb Sallum
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 05/50225-2 - Development of alternative methodologies in the control of mosquitoes (Diptera: culicidae) of epidemiological importance: use of method RIDL (release of insects carrying a dominant lethal gene) in the control of Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes
Grantee:Mauro Toledo Marrelli
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants