USDA, The yellowfever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. The species is the primary vector of yellow fever.

Disease: Dengue

Pathogen: Virus, Togaviridae, Flavivirus

Vectors:Aedes mosquitoes, especially A. aegypti

Reservoir: Humans

Distribution: Coincides with A. aegypti

Mortality: Debilitating, but generally not fatal; recent outbreaks have caused mortality in children

Other Names: Dengue hemorrhagic fever, dengue shock syndrome, epidemic hemorrhagic fever, breakbone fever

Dengue is a tropical and subtropical disease carried by Aedes mosquitoes, especially A. aegypti. According to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people around the world are at risk from dengue. Currently, more than 100 countries have experienced dengue. Each year there are tens of millions of cases, and as many 95% are children.

Information Sources

  1. Harwood, R. F. and M. T. James. 1979. Entomology in human and animal health. Macmillan, New York.