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Aedes aegypti is the Major Vector for Transmission of Dengue Virus in Lahore, Pakistan

Aedes aegypti is the Major Vector for Transmission of Dengue Virus in Lahore, Pakistan

Farkhanda Manzoor1, Iram Amin2,*, Muhammad Shahid2, Samia Afzal2, Hania Ramzan1, Tah

1Department of Zoology, Lahore College For Women University, Lahore, Pakistan
2Division of Molecular Virology, National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan
3Centre of Applied Molecular Biology,University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan

* Corresponding author: iram_mali2005@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

The present study focused on a rapid identification of dengue virus from larvae of Aedes aegypti (L) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) by using PCR. During this study, larvae of A. aegypti and A. albopictus were collected from different localities of Lahore during May to September of 2012 to 2014. RNA extracted from each mosquito larvae pool was tested by nested PCR for detection of dengue virus. Out of total 50 pools of Aedes aegypti larvae, DV-2 was the most prevalent serotype. DENV-1 was not found in any pool. While all pools of Aedes albopictus were negative for dengue virus. Our study showed that the main cause of spreading of dengue virus was Aedes aegypti. Serotype DENV-2 was dominant in the field collected larvae of Aedes aegypti in Lahore and Sheikhupura, Pakistan.

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