Mapping of Aedes albopictus Abundance at a Local Scale in Italy
AbstractGiven the growing risk of arbovirus outbreaks in Europe, there is a clear need to better describe the distribution of invasive mosquito species such as Aedes albopictus. Current challenges consist in simulating Ae. albopictus abundance, rather than its presence, and mapping its simulated abundance at a local scale to better assess the transmission risk of mosquito-borne pathogens and optimize mosquito control strategy. During 2014–2015, we sampled adult mosquitoes using 72 BG-Sentinel traps per year in the provinces of Belluno and Trento, Italy. We found that the sum of Ae. albopictus females collected during eight trap nights from June to September was positively related to the mean temperature of the warmest quarter and the percentage of artificial areas in a 250 m buffer around the sampling locations. Maps of Ae. albopictus abundance simulated from the most parsimonious model in the study area showed the largest populations in highly artificial areas with the highest summer temperatures, but with a high uncertainty due to the variability of the trapping collections. Vector abundance maps at a local scale should be promoted to support stakeholders and policy-makers in optimizing vector surveillance and control. View Full-Text
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Baldacchino, F.; Marcantonio, M.; Manica, M.; Marini, G.; Zorer, R.; Delucchi, L.; Arnoldi, D.; Montarsi, F.; Capelli, G.; Rizzoli, A.; Rosà, R. Mapping of Aedes albopictus Abundance at a Local Scale in Italy. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 749.
Baldacchino F, Marcantonio M, Manica M, Marini G, Zorer R, Delucchi L, Arnoldi D, Montarsi F, Capelli G, Rizzoli A, Rosà R. Mapping of Aedes albopictus Abundance at a Local Scale in Italy. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9(7):749.Chicago/Turabian Style
Baldacchino, Frédéric; Marcantonio, Matteo; Manica, Mattia; Marini, Giovanni; Zorer, Roberto; Delucchi, Luca; Arnoldi, Daniele; Montarsi, Fabrizio; Capelli, Gioia; Rizzoli, Annapaola; Rosà, Roberto. 2017. "Mapping of Aedes albopictus Abundance at a Local Scale in Italy." Remote Sens. 9, no. 7: 749.