Entomological surveillance of Stegomyia mosquitoes in and around Cochin Seaport, Kerala, India
Author(s): R Rajendran, K Regu, SB Anusree, Anila Rajendran and W Tamizharasu
Abstract: Mosquito-borne diseases, especially Stegomyia (=Aedes) caused virus diseases are disseminating quite rapidly and is a surging global health concern. According to International Health Regulations (IHR), a minimum of 400 meter zones around seaports, airports and ground crossings are to be maintained vector free. The present vector surveillance study was carried out in and around Cochin seaport. It has been found that larval indices viz., Premise index (PI) and Breteau index (BI) were above the critical level inside the port. Also, many dry containers found in the operational areas of the seaport pose potential threat as impending breeding sites of vector mosquitoes. The larval indices noted in residential areas around the seaport were below the critical level. This necessitates utmost vigilance and necessary action from the part of concerned authorities towards protecting these sensitive territories from vector mosquitoes.
R Rajendran, K Regu, SB Anusree, Anila Rajendran, W Tamizharasu. Entomological surveillance of Stegomyia mosquitoes in and around Cochin Seaport, Kerala, India. Int J Mosq Res 2022;9(2):01-07. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22271/23487941.2022.v9.i1a.591