Jun 30, 2015

The global distribution of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus

by
Moritz UG Kraemer, Marianne E Sinka, Kirsten A Duda, Adrian QN Mylne, Freya M Shearer, Christopher M Barker, Chester G Moore, Roberta G Carvalho, Giovanini E Coelho, Wim Van Bortel et al
,
elifesciences
  • States that dengue and chikungunya are increasing global public health concerns due to their rapid geographical spread and increasing disease burden
  • States that knowledge of the contemporary distribution of their shared vectors, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus remains incomplete and is complicated by an ongoing range expansion fuelled by increased global trade and travel
  • Compiles the largest contemporary database for both species and pairs it with relevant environmental variables predicting their global distribution
  • Shows the Aedes distributions to be the widest ever recorded; now extensive in all continents, including North America and Europe
  • Maps indicate the spatial limits of current autochthonous transmission of dengue and chikungunya viruses