First record of Aedes albopictus in inland Africa along the River Niger in Bamako and Mopti, Mali

Günter C. Müller, Onie Tsabari, Mohamed M. Traore, Sekou F. Traore, Seydou Doumbia, Vasiliy D. Kravchenko, Amy Junnila, John C Beier

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Abstract

The distribution of Aedes albopictus in Africa has thus far been known to be restricted to coastal Sub-Saharan countries. This report describes the first record of the tiger mosquito in habitats located in Mali, at a significant distance from the coastal areas of the continent. Aedes albopictus was observed over several years in increasing frequency in Mopti in Central Mali and later in the capital city Bamako, both adjacent to the Niger River. These findings suggest further dissemination of Ae. albopictus could be facilitated by river transport of goods and commodities which harbor larvae and eggs of this species. If correct, the distribution of Ae. albopictus is expected to extend to areas located upstream of the Niger River and its tributaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalActa Tropica
Volume162
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Aedes albopictus
  • Mali
  • Niger river

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Müller, G. C., Tsabari, O., Traore, M. M., Traore, S. F., Doumbia, S., Kravchenko, V. D., Junnila, A., & Beier, J. C. (2016). First record of Aedes albopictus in inland Africa along the River Niger in Bamako and Mopti, Mali. Acta Tropica, 162, 245-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.07.008