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Revista Brasileira de Entomologia

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PIOVEZAN, Rafael; AZEVEDO, Thiago Salomão de  and  VON ZUBEN, Cláudio José. Spatial evaluation of larvae of Culicidae (Diptera) from different breeding sites: application of a geospatial method and implications for vector control. Rev. Bras. entomol. [online]. 2012, vol.56, n.3, pp.368-376.  Epub Sep 06, 2012. ISSN 1806-9665.

Spatial evaluation of Culicidae (Diptera) larvae from different breeding sites: application of a geospatial method and implications for vector control. This study investigates the spatial distribution of urban Culicidae and informs entomological monitoring of species that use artificial containers as larval habitats. Collections of mosquito larvae were conducted in the São Paulo State municipality of Santa Bárbara d' Oeste between 2004 and 2006 during house-to-house visits. A total of 1,891 samples and nine different species were sampled. Species distribution was assessed using the kriging statistical method by extrapolating municipal administrative divisions. The sampling method followed the norms of the municipal health services of the Ministry of Health and can thus be adopted by public health authorities in disease control and delimitation of risk areas. Moreover, this type of survey and analysis can be employed for entomological surveillance of urban vectors that use artificial containers as larval habitat.

Keywords : Aedes aegypti; dengue; mosquitoes; spatial analysis; vector control.

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