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Aedes albopictus in Rome: results and perspectives after 10 years of monitoring.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18693575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1997, Aedes albopictus (Skuse 1894) was detected in Rome in two opposite areas of the city. In the following 2 years, the species quickly spread. In 2000, scattered foci of the species were reported in the whole urban area and in the outskirts of the capital city. In Rome, Ae. albopictus seems to have found optimal environmental conditions to proliferate and to overwinter through and without diapausing eggs. In ten years Ae. albopictus has colonized the whole urban area through three phases: first massive spread, following maintenance of infestation, and colonization of alternative winter breeding sites with favorable climatic conditions. Data collected during the 2007 show that rainfall is no longer the most important factor for the development of the species, with respect to the past. In fact Ae. albopictus probably has found new alternative larval breeding sites through the colonization of small water collections refilled periodically by human activities. During 2007-2008 winter season, in order to evaluate the species adaptability, a study of eggs hatching and length of larval cycle at low temperatures, was carried out in laboratory and in simulated field conditions. Data and results are showed and discussed also by the light of existing literature.
F Severini; M Di Luca; L Toma; R Romi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parassitologia     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0048-2951     ISO Abbreviation:  Parassitologia     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-12     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413724     Medline TA:  Parassitologia     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Dip. M.I.P.I., Reparto di Malattie Trasmesse da Vettori e Sanità.
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MeSH Terms
Aedes* / growth & development,  physiology
Environmental Monitoring / statistics & numerical data*
Insect Vectors* / growth & development,  physiology

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