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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

Print version ISSN 0074-0276On-line version ISSN 1678-8060

Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.90 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Feb. 1995 

Integrated control measures against Culex quinquefasciatus, the vector of filariasis in Recife

Lêda Regis1 

Maria Helena N. L Silva-Filha1 

Cláudia M. F. de Oliveira1 

Eugênia M Rios2 

Sinara B. da Silva1 

André F Furtado1 

FIOCRUZ, Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Recife, Brasil

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Antibióticos, Recife, Brasil


Integrated control measures against Culex quinquefasciastus have been implemented in a pilot urban area in Recife, Brazil. About 3,000 breeding sites found within the operational area were responsible for very high mosquito densities recorded during the pretrial period. Physical control measures have been applied to cess pits before starting a series of 37 treatments of the other sites with Bacillus sphaericus strain 2362, over 27 months. In spite of the difficulties due to environmental conditions, very significant reductions in preimaginal population of C. quinquefasciatus were achieved and, as a consequence, low adult mosquito densities were maintained for a relatively long period of time. Entomological and environmental data gathered in this pilot project can contribute to design an integrated mosquito control program in Recife city.


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