Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse): a potential vector of Zika virus in Singapore.By Wong et al.
Wong PS, Li MZ, Chong CS, Ng LC, Tan CH. 2013. Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus
(Skuse): a potential vector of Zika virus in Singapore. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7(8): e2348.
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a little known arbovirus until it caused a major outbreak in the Pacific Island of Yap in 2007. Although the virus has a wide geographic distribution, most of the known vectors are sylvatic Aedes
mosquitoes from Africa where the virus was first isolated. Presently, Ae. aegypti
is the only known vector to transmit the virus outside the African continent, though Ae. albopictus
has long been a suspected vector. Currently, Ae. albopictus
has been shown capable of transmitting more than 20 arboviruses and its notoriety as an important vector came to light during the recent chikungunya pandemic. The vulnerability of Singapore to emerging infectious arboviruses has stimulated our interest to determine the competence of local Ae. albopictus
to transmit ZIKV.