Vectorial potential of Mansonia species in the transmission of Wuchereria bancrofti and evaluation of mosquito collection methods in Tana-Delta, Coastal Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Kinyatta, Nancy Mutanu
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-23T09:16:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-23T09:16:41Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1409
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of Master of Science in ICT Policy and Regulation in the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Different mosquito species have been incriminated as vectors of lymphatic filariasis (LF). On the Kenyan coast, Anopheles, Culex and Aedes species have been identified as vectors of LF. This study aimed at determining whether Mansonia species are also vectors of LF in Tana-Delta district of Kenya. Secondarily, the study also evaluated mosquito sampling methods. A cross-sectional study was carried out in six villages in the district, where mosquitoes were collected by three methods: Pyrethroid sprays, CDC light Traps and CDC Gravid Traps. Mosquitoes from each collection method were counted to determine the method with the highest catch. A total of 1632 mosquitoes were collected, with 1265 being collected by light traps (77.55%), 311 (19.1%) by pyrethrum sprays, and 56 (3.4%) by gravid traps. The collected mosquitoes were identified to the level of genera. Five mosquito genera were collected: Culex species, 1048 (64.2%), Aedes species, 188 (11.5%), Mansonia species, 236 (14.5%), Anopheles species 148 (9.1%), and Ficalbia species 12 (0.7%). The prevalence of Wuchereria bancrofti in Mansonia species was also determined. Fifty Mansonia mosquito species were dissected to determine presence of W. bancrofti stage III larvae (L3). To identify filarial worms in mosquito specimen, Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was extracted from filarial larvae, amplified by the PCR assays using W. bancrofti species-specific primers. Only two out of 50 Mansonia species dissected had stage II filarial larvae. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was also extracted from individual Mansonia species, and analyzed by PCR to determine W. bancrofti infectivity rates. The PCR analysis was negative for W. bancrofti. Light traps were found to be the most efficient method for mosquito sampling. There was no evidence that Mansonia species have significant medical importance in the transmission of W. bancrofti since both dissection and PCR assays did not indicate any transmission potential in the mosquitoes. It is therefore recommended that light traps should be used in collecting large numbers of mosquitoes for parasite screening purpose. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. Zipporah Ng’ang’a JKUAT, Kenya Dr. Luna Kamau KEMRI, Kenya en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries MSci Medical Parasitology and Entomology;2010
dc.title Vectorial potential of Mansonia species in the transmission of Wuchereria bancrofti and evaluation of mosquito collection methods in Tana-Delta, Coastal Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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    Medical Laboratory; Agriculture & environmental Biotecthology; Biochemistry; Molecular Medicine, Applied Epidemiology; Medicinal PhytochemistryPublic Health;

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