Accidental importation of the mosquito Aedes albopictus into the Netherlands: a survey of mosquito distribution and the presence of dengue virus

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  • E.-J. SCHOLTE,

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    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 1,2 E. DIJKSTRA,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 1 H. BLOK,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 2 A. DE VRIES,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 2 W. TAKKEN,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 3 A. HOFHUIS,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 2 M. KOOPMANS,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • 2 A. DE BOER,

    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • and 2 C. B. E. M. REUSKEN 2

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    1. 1 Dutch Plant Protection Service (Dutch NPPO), Department of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands and 3Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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Dr Ernst-Jan Scholte, Department of Entomology, National Reference Laboratory for Phytosanitary Diagnostics, Dutch Plant Protection Service, P.O. Box 9102, 6700 HC Wageningen, the Netherlands. Tel.: + 31 317 496908; E-mail: e.j.scholte@minlnv.nl; Dr Chantal Reusken, Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, P.O. Box 1, 3720 BA, Bilthoven, the Netherlands. Tel.: + 31 30 274 3390; Fax: + 31 30 274 4434; E-mail: chantal.reusken@rivm.nl

Abstract

Abstract In the summer of 2005, the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) was found for the first time in the Netherlands. It was collected on the premises of several horticultural companies that import the ornamental plant Dracaena sanderiana (Sparagalus: Dracaenaceae [Agavaceae]), known as Lucky bamboo, from southern China, an area endemic for this mosquito species and for arboviruses transmitted by this vector. Here we report the results of a 1-year survey of the distribution and vector status of Ae. albopictus in Lucky bamboo nurseries in the Netherlands (July 2006–June 2007). As it had been established previously that the presence of this species was linked to the import of Lucky bamboo, the survey was conducted only on sites owned by relevant import companies. In total, 569 adult Ae. albopictus were collected with mosquito traps from 15 of the 17 (88%) glasshouses used by Lucky bamboo importers, none of which were found to be infected with dengue virus. On two occasions there was evidence that Ae. albopictus had escaped from the glasshouses, but, overall, there was no evidence that a population had become established in the greenhouses or elsewhere.

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