This year we had four publications in peer reviewed journals. Two of these publications (1,2) were in collaboration with the Connecticut Agricultural Extension Station (CAES) and will help bolster an initiative of CDC’s Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD), which the CAES is partnered with. The third publication (3) was in collaboration with the BioGents AG from Regensburg Germany, a leading company within the mosquito control industry specializing in mosquito surveillance equipment and research. Our final publication (4) was in collaboration with entomologists and mosquito professionals in the state of North Carolina.
Host interactions of Aedes albopictus, an invasive vector of arboviruses, in Virginia, USA. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2-18-2021. The mosquito species Aedes albopictus, the Tiger Mosquito, captured through our routine surveillance were identified as being bloodfed and sent to Connecticut Agricultural Extension Station. The blood in the mosquitoes were analyzed to see what these mosquitoes had fed on and several inferences were made based on these findings. This paper helps us understand the biology of Suffolk’s most important nuisance mosquito as well as the most likely mosquito to transmit new invasive exotic arboviruses.