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In Martinique, Aedes aegypti, the vector of dengue viruses has been the target of insecticide control for more than 35 years. Despite significant control efforts, dengue has become a major disease of public health concern. We conducted a population genetic analysis based on isoenzyme variations combined with an estimation of infection rate to a dengue virus among 26 Ae. aegypti samples. Aedes aegypti samples could be differentiated for their susceptibility to dengue infection (infection rates ranging from 42.8% to 98.6%) and showed important genetic variation (significant FST values).

Keywords: Aedes aegypti; Martinique; dengue; isoenzymes; population differentiation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1:  Centre de Démoustication, Fort de France, Martinique, France 2:  Ecologie des Systèmes Vectoriels, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Publication date: May 1, 2004


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