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A Bibliography fro Florida Dengue, Chikungunya and Florida's Vectors

There is a vast literature on dengue, chikungunya, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. I recently searched PubMed ( and found the following subjects (with numbers of publications in parentheses) in PubMed's 22 million citations: Aedes aegypti (6,422), Aedes albopictus (2,439), dengue (12,003), chikungunya (1,855). Adding "Florida" to each to search for papers with information relevant to Florida reduces the number of papers to Aedes aegypti (180), Aedes albopictus (134), dengue (93), chikungunya (14). I was pleased to note that Florida's own University of Florida's Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory's (FMEL) contributions figured very prominently in all the numbers for Florida information. For example, 8 of the 14 published chikungunya publications with mention of Florida were from FMEL. That's ~60% of the PubMed citations!

Florida's mosquito control and public health professionals can access the literature via the internet to learn more about dengue, chikungunya and their vectors. Make no mistake, everyone in Florida mosquito control needs to become an expert. Readers might take advantage of the University of Florida's EDIS for short easily read papers. The EDIS search engine can be accessed at and the subject entered into the search menu on the upper right. Search on Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, dengue or chikungunya to find relevant, printable PDF documents on the subjects. In most cases, there is an English and a Spanish version. These documents can be printed and provided to anyone requesting information from a mosquito control district. Districts should have this information ready to distribute to the public. Information about area wide management to control Ae. albopictus can be found on the website of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (ATM) Team web site at

Below is relevant information previously published in BuzzWords that can be directly accessed at our Buzz Words Archive. Another source for Florida related topics is FMEL's large publication database of nearly 1,200 refereed publications that can be accessed here at

Below are other relevant refereed publications on the same topics in Florida obtained from a PubMed list that might be of interest.


  • Prepare in Advance for Dengue or Chikungunya in Your District: Jan-Feb 2014
  • Dengue in Florida in 2013 Gives No Cause for Comfort: Nov-Dec 2013
  • Understanding How Dengue Can Be Introduced into Key West: Sep-Oct 2013
  • Can Key West Meet the Challenge of a Dengue Epidemic?: Mar-Apr 2013
  • Florida Mosquito Control and Dengue in Florida: Sep-Oct 2013
  • Developing an Effective Mosquito Control Program to Combat Dengue: Jul-Aug 2012
  • Moving forward in the battle against Aedes aegypti and dengue in Key West, Florida: May-Jun 2012
  • Key West Must Continue the Fight Against Dengue: Mar-Apr 2012
  • A Ray of Sunshine in the Fight Against Dengue: Nov-Dec 2012
  • Key West and Singapore: Meeting the Challenge of Dengue Control on Two Islands Communities: Mar-Apr 2011
  • Dengue in Key West: The Perfect Storm: Jan-Feb 2011
  • Dengue in Key West? Florida's Dirty Little Secret?: Sep-Oct 2010
  • One World: Haiti, Dengue, Florida: Mar/Apr 2009
  • Chikungunya Virus in Florida: Lessons from Italy 2007: May/Jun 2008
  • Florida and Chikungunya: Lessons from Chikungunya Italian Style: Jan/Feb 2008
  • Chikungunya and Dengue: Challenges for Florida Mosquito Control: Mar/Apr 2007
  • And Just When You Thought It Was Safe Out There, Along Comes Chikungunya: Jul/Aug 2006

Publications (most recent first) containing Florida information on CHIKV, DENV or their vectors.

Alto et al. 2014. Susceptibility of Florida Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusi to dengue viruses from Puerto Rico. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. (in press).

Revay et al. 2014. Control of Aedes albopictusi with attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSB) and potential impact on non-target organisms in St. Augustine, Florida. Parasitol. Res. 113(1):73-79.

Añez & Rios. 2013. Dengue in the United States of America: a worsening scenario? Biomed Res Int. 2013:678645. doi: 10.1155/2013/678645. Epub 2013 Jun 20.

Alto & Bettinardi. 2013. Temperature and dengue virus infection in mosquitoes: Independent effects on the immature and adult stages. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 88: 497-505.

Brown, et. al. 2013. Phylogeography and spatio-temporal genetic variation of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) populations in the Florida Keys. J. Med. Entomol. 50: 294-299.

Buckner et al. 2013. Vertical transmission of Key West Dengue-1 virus by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusi (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes from Florida. J. Med. Entomol. 50: 1291-1297.

Damal et al. 2013. Phylogeography of Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) in South Florida: mtDNA evidence for human-aided dispersal. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 89: 482-488.

Muñoz-Jordán et al. 2013. Genetic relatedness of dengue viruses in Key West, Florida, USA, 2009-2010. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 19: 652-4.

Neval & Soewono. 2013. A model for the spatial transmission of dengue with daily movement between villages and a city. Math Med Biol. [Epub ahead ofprint] PubMed PMID: 23475426.

Reiskind & Lounibos. 2013. Spatial and temporal patterns of abundance of Aedes aegypti L. (Stegomyia aegypti) and Aedes albopictusi (Skuse) [Stegomyia albopictus (Skuse)] in southern Florida. Med. Vet. Entomol. 27: 421-429.

Shin et al. 2013. Genome sequence analysis of dengue virus 1 isolated in Key West, Florida. PLoS One 8(9): e74582. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074582.

Adalja et al. 2012. Lessons learned during dengue outbreaks in the United States, 2001-2011. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 18: 608-614.

Richards et al. 2012. Vector competence of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusi (Diptera: Culicidae) for dengue virus in the Florida Keys. J. Med. Entomol. 49: 942-946.

Hoel et al. 2011. Efficacy of ovitrap colors and patterns for attracting Aedes albopictusi at suburban field sites in north-central Florida. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assoc. 27: 245-251.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2010. Locally acquired Dengue--Key West, Florida, 2009-2010. MMWR Morb MortalWkly Rep. 59(19): 577-81.

Franco et al. 2010. The dengue threat to the United States. Biosecur Bioterror. 8: 273-6.

Richards et al. 2010. Vector competence of Florida mosquitoes for chikungunya virus. J. Vector Ecol. 35: 439-443.

Reiskind et al. 2010. Exposure to chikungunya virus and adult longevity in Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes albopictusi (Skuse). J. Vector Ecol. 35: 61-68.

Alto et al. 2008. Larval competition alters susceptibility of adult Aedes mosquitoes to dengue infection. Proc. R. Soc. B. 275: 463-471.

Focks et al. 2000. Transmission thresholds for dengue in terms of Aedes aegypti pupae per person with discussion of their utility in source reduction efforts. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 62: 11-18.

Gill et al. 2000. Dengue surveillance in Florida, 1997-98. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 6: 30-35.

Morrison et al. 1998. Exploratory space-time analysis of reported dengue cases during an outbreak in Florida, Puerto Rico, 1991-1992. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 58: 287-98.

Shroyer, D. 1990. Vertical maintenance of dengue-1 virus in sequential generations of Aedes albopictusi. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assoc. 6: 312-314.

Walter J. Tabachnick, Ph.D. - Retired
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of Florida
Vero Beach, FL