Impending dengue outbreak: An assessment on mosquito density, diversity and awareness
Author(s): Kerline P Jerome, Jenyz M Mundodan, Mohammed Rafi and CR Saju
Abstract: Repeated outbreaks of vector borne diseases necessitate a study on the diversity and abundance. This study was to determine species composition, relative abundance and habitat characteristics of mosquitoes. A cross-sectional entomological survey was carried out in 140 households, rural area of Thrissur district. Larvae and adult mosquitoes were collected and the species were identified. Knowledge regarding mosquito breeding and dengue were assessed using a questionnaire. A total of 140 houses were taken up for survey from which 190 positive containers were obtained. The species identified during larval and adult stages from indoors and outdoors were Aedes albopictus, and breeding habitats included more of plastic containers followed by coconut shells. House Index, Container Index and Breteau Index were 67%, 35% and 135 respectively, which were above critical level. The indices have direct relevance to disease transmission and calls for urgent need to institute appropriate measures.
Comparison of Larval Indices from Various Studies
How to cite this article:
Kerline P Jerome, Jenyz M Mundodan, Mohammed Rafi, CR Saju. Impending dengue outbreak: An assessment on mosquito density, diversity and awareness. Int J Mosq Res 2019;6(6):22-25.