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A Mosquito Workshop and Community Intervention: A Pilot Education Campaign to Identify Risk Factors Associated with Container Mosquitoes in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida, 200 9th St SE, Vero Beach, FL 32962, USA
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Department of Nursing, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras—Valle de Sula, 21102 San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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Department of Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras—Valle de Sula, 21102 San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(13), 2399; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132399
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 2 July 2019 / Accepted: 3 July 2019 / Published: 6 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Aedes Aegypti Control)
Dengue poses a significant public health threat and results in ~96 million clinical cases every year. Central America is a region burdened by neglected tropical diseases, including dengue. The primary vectors of dengue, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, are widely distributed in Honduras. Additionally, sustained and consistent mosquito control is lacking in the country. Successful control of container mosquitoes relies heavily on participation from community leaders, stakeholders, and the community itself. We conducted a pilot study in San Pedro Sula, Honduras where community leaders and stakeholders were trained on mosquito biology and control and were able to apply that knowledge to an underserved community in San Pedro Sula. Surveys to assess the number and type of containers in the community and the number of containers on the residence identified associations with select socioeconomic factors and other variables based on survey questions. The average number of containers on the premises was 15 (± 2.3) and the most prevalent containers (>50%) were flowerpots, garbage, and toys, which could be targeted in mosquito control programs. This pilot study offers a framework for training community leaders and stakeholders to create a sustainable community-based vector control program for container mosquitoes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aedes aegypti; Aedes albopictus; community education; container mosquitoes; dengue; mosquito control; vector control Aedes aegypti; Aedes albopictus; community education; container mosquitoes; dengue; mosquito control; vector control
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Parker, C.; Garcia, F.; Menocal, O.; Jeer, D.; Alto, B. A Mosquito Workshop and Community Intervention: A Pilot Education Campaign to Identify Risk Factors Associated with Container Mosquitoes in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2399.

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